Framed: 135.2 x 73 cm (53 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.)
Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1950.455
Catalogue raisonné: Dortu D.3.639
Yvette Guilbert's cabaret act was centered on the distinctive long black gloves that she wore during performances.
This drawing depicts Yvette Guilbert, a popular Parisian cabaret performer who was the subject of numerous prints, posters, drawings, and paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Here, Lautrec began to work out the composition of a poster that Guilbert commissioned from him to publicize her upcoming season at Les Ambassadeurs, a popular night club. A more finished study is part of the collection of the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France, but the poster itself was never realized after Guilbert rejected the design as unflattering.
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