Oil and tempera with charcoal on millboard
Sheet: 80.3 x 65 cm (31 5/8 x 25 9/16 in.); Framed: 105.4 x 89.5 x 8.3 cm (41 1/2 x 35 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1925.1409
Catalogue raisonné: Dortu P.465
The green drink on the table is probably absinthe, a popular drink with artists at the time that was thought to have hallucinogenic properties.
The sitter, perhaps a certain Mr. Bolleau, must have been a friend of Lautrec, who dedicated this work to him at the upper left. He may have been the iron merchant-heavy set and wearing a bowler hat-who also appears in a line drawing by the artist. This drawing, the first by the artist to enter an American museum collection, is a prime example of Lautrec's ability to capture the atmosphere of Paris café life.
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