About this artwork

Championed as one of the artistic highlights of the fin-de-siècle, the Elles album provides a candid glimpse into the world of Paris’s brothels. At this point in his career, Lautrec was spending time in a brothel on the Rue des Moulins, where he was able to sketch the women. Unselfconscious and natural in his presence, the models treated Lautrec as a friend, the images he produced reveal an empathy and respect for them. The only indicator in this image of the model's profession is the man’s hat in the foreground – likely the property of a client. This work was the frontispiece to the portfolio and used as the poster for the first exhibition of the series in 1896.

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  • title:
    Elles (Affiche)
  • accession number:
    P 2558
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  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • date created:
    1896
  • measurements:
    53.40 x 48.40 cm (framed: 63.50 x 50.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1963
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec