Jane Avril

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)

Sitter: Jane Avril

Date: 1893

Medium: Lithograph printed in five colors; machine wove paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 50 13/16 x 36 13/16 in. (129.1 x 93.5 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Posters

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.88.15


Jane Avril, a lifelong friend of Toulouse-Lautrec, commissioned this poster to advertise her cabaret show at the Jardin de Paris in 1893. Through his innovative composition, Lautrec contrasts Avril's aloof and emotionally vacant expression with the erotic nature of her performance.