Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse Lautrec, A Portrait of Van Gogh


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, 1887, pastel on board, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


“Lautrec’s powerful portrait of Van Gogh is a rare pastel, showing the Dutchman seated at a cafe table.  There is nothing to show that the sitter is an artist, though the thrusting diagonal of his back, his alert gaze (created with just a dab of olive green), and the revealing tension in his hands suggest a determined debater.”*

*From a description of Toulouse Lautrec’s portrait of his friend Vincent Van Gogh in Paris by Richard Thomson, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, National Gallery of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago with Princeton University Press, NJ, 2005.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

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