Mar 3, 2021

Yvette Guilbert

Yvette Guilbert

c. 1894

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

(French, 1864-1901)

Black crayon

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


Did you know?

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.

See also
DR - French
Type of artwork: 
Black crayon

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