May Belfort

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

Date: 1895

Medium: Lithograph printed in four colors

Dimensions: 31-1/2 x 24 in. (80.0 x 61.01 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, 1941

Accession Number: 41.12.1

Description

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.

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