Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Lender, Fontal View, in "Chilpéric" (Lender de face, dans "Chilpéric"). 1895

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lender, Fontal View, in "Chilpéric" (Lender de face, dans "Chilpéric") 1895

  • Not on view

Lautrec is said to have gone twenty times to see the singer and dancer Marcelle Lender in an 1895 revival of the Hervé operetta Chilpéric. When his friend Romain Coolus, who could stand to accompany him only six of those times, asked what the attraction was, he replied, “I only come to see Lender’s back. Look carefully, you will rarely see anything as splendid.” However, only one of the twelve lithographs that resulted from this burst of theater-going depicts Lender from behind.

Gallery label from The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters, July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
composition: 14 5/16 x 10 5/8" (36.4 x 27 cm); sheet: 21 7/16 x 11 7/8" (54.5 x 30.1 cm)
Publisher
probably the artist, Paris
Printer
Edward Ancourt, Paris
Edition
25
Credit
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Object number
151.1946
Department
Drawings and Prints