WOMEN OF THE BELLE EPOQUE
Only the figure exists. Landscape merely is, and must not be anything more than an addition….*
Women dominate the French master Touloouse-Lautrec’s artistic vision, from his countess mother to Jane Avril and La Goulue of the Moulin Rouge to the occupants of a brothel.. Sometimes his depictions of the female sex can be harsh, closer to caricatures than portraits. While in other cases, such as Girl in Fur, Mademoiselle Jeanne Fontaine featured above, Lautrec is more sympathetic toward his subject. Is she perhaps a dancer or singer, distinguished by her elaborate hairdo, whom the artist has captured in the lull between performances? Or is she actually a prostitute waiting for a client?
Henri Toulouse Lautrec’s dates are 1864-1901. The quote is from Toulouse-Lautrec by Matthias Arnold, Taschen, Germany, 1987.
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.