Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: oils and pastel, 1890-1896

In the Salon, 1893, pastel and oil on paperboard.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, French.

Thannhauser Collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York





Our master Marcel Duchamp referred to this style derisively as ‘retinal’ art.

But I will take it.

 And am interested in the combination of oil and pastel because it smooths out the surface of the image and introduces a stillness or steadiness into the composition.

So interesting the contrast with the much livelier lines of Edgar Degas’ pastels.


Below a painting all in oils and in the same colour scheme.  This is depicting prostitutes at ease:

The Sofa, 1894-1896, oil on cardboard.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY




And  below,  At the Moulin Rouge:  the Dance, 1890, and details,  all oil on canvas. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.











2 thoughts on “Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: oils and pastel, 1890-1896

    1. Merci! J’ai une admiration enorme pour Toulouse-Lautrec.

      J’ai l’idee que la plupart de ses oeuvres sont restees chez vous parce qu’il est mort jeune………Mais si je trouve des autres, je vais le dedier a vous!


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