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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Woman seated in a Garden

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Full title Woman seated in a Garden
Artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Artist dates 1864 - 1901
Date made 1891
Medium and support Oil on millboard
Dimensions 66.7 × 52.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1926
Inventory number NG4186
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Woman seated in a Garden
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

This young woman seated in a garden is thought to be a dancer and model who we know only as Gabrielle. She appears in two other pictures by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Although Toulouse-Lautrec worked mainly as a graphic artist and printmaker, and is perhaps best known for his posters advertising venues such as the Moulin Rouge, this oil painting on millboard shows the influence of Impressionism on his work. This is particularly evident in the loose brushwork of the clothing and foliage and in the way surfaces reflect light and colour from their environment.

Toulouse-Lautrec has made great use of outlines to create shapes, which were then filled in using a variety of brushstrokes. The use of line and the overall effect of decorative flatness show clear affinities with the posters the artist created in the 1890s and also with Art Nouveau, which was at its height at this time.

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