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Elles: Woman In a Corset

Elles

Elles: Woman In a Corset

1896

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

(French, 1864-1901)

Color lithograph

Gift of Ralph King 1925.1204.10

Catalogue raisonné: Wittrock Vol.I.164 ; Delteil 188

State: W. I/I

Description

Like Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec also made a series of color prints depicting the daily lives of women, but instead of portraying bourgeois wives and mothers, his subjects were prostitutes. His series of twelve lithographs entitled Elles boldly confronted the reality of late 19th-century Parisian brothels on the rue de Moulins and the rue de Richelieu, in which rich men's pursuit of pleasure with the daughters of the poor was legal and accepted. Although not portraits of classic beauty, his depictions of Parisian prostitutes embrace the poignancy of human experience. Here, a prostitute unhooks her corset in the presence of a client, her face sympathetically averted from the viewer's gaze.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
Gift of Ralph King

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