May Belfort, 1895
Henri de Toulouse–Lautrec (French, 1864–1901)
Lithograph printed in four colors; 31 1/2 x 24 in. (80 x 61 cm)
Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941 (41.12.1)
May Belfort was an Englishwoman who made a name for herself on the stages of Parisian nightclubs with her nonsensical songs and her ever-present black cat, seen in Lautrec's promotional poster. The artist used four separate lithographic stones and crachis, or spattered ink, to realize the deceptively simple, bold composition.