Drawing

Two women dancing

1896 (made)

Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de

Height: 117 mm, Width: 189 mm, Width:

E.732-1980 PDP

Drawing, Two women dancing, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French school, 1896

Study of two female figures dancing the French Cancan; they are both shown lifting their skirts and have their right legs bent, high in the air. The composition is diagonal, and both figures fill the entire page. The figure on the right is further forward, and her right foot and left leg are not shown. The figure on the left is depicted slightly farther back and her left foot is not shown.

This drawing is a preparatory study for two figures on the finished poster Troupe de Mademoiselle Eglantine executed by Toulouse-Lautrec in 1896. The troupe was composed of a quadrille of French can-can dancers. This drawing is part of a long process of studies developed by the artist to create a poster, a genre for which he was best known. Lautrec was known for representing the stars of the fin de siècle and the 1890s was the peak of the fashion of the café-concert in Paris.

De La Vigerie, Paris; Theodore B. Donson, New York; acquired by exchange, 1980

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case PD, shelf 259

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