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.