Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Yvette Guilbert. 1894

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Yvette Guilbert 1894

  • Not on view

The acclaimed stage performer Yvette Guilbert was one of Lautrec’s longtime muses. She created a look that was remarkably different from that of her contemporaries, eschewing the ruffles of petticoats in favor of hennaed hair, pale skin, a formfitting and low-cut gown, and the elbow-length black gloves that became Lautrec’s symbol for her. Her delivery was as unusual for the time as her appearance: she spoke more than sang, and stood stock-still without gesturing, winking, or mincing, thus conveying all the more plainly the often bawdy content of her material. In his illustrations for Gustave Geffroy’s 1894 book, Lautrec depicts Guilbert, both onstage and offstage, in a distinctive olive green that suggests the preferred color of her winter costume.

Gallery label from The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015.
Author
Gustave Geffroy
Medium
Illustrated book with seventeen lithographs (including cover)
Dimensions
page (each approx): 15 1/16 x 15 3/16" (38.3 x 38.5 cm); overall (closed): 16 x 15 7/16 x 11/16" (40.7 x 39.2 x 1.7 cm)
Publisher
L'Estampe Originale, Paris (André Marty)
Printer
Edward Ancourt, Paris
Edition
100
Credit
The Louis E. Stern Collection
Object number
1066.1964.1-17
Department
Drawings and Prints
Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].