Divan Japonais

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

Date: 1892–93

Medium: Lithograph printed in four colors, wove paper

Dimensions: 31-13/16 x 23-15/16 in. (80.8 x 60.8 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Posters

Credit Line: Bequest of Clifford A. Furst, 1958

Accession Number: 58.621.17


Divan Japonais was one of the many café-concerts in late nineteenth-century Paris frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec. His poster advertising the nightspot features two of his favorite Montmartre stars, Yvette Guilbert and Jane Avril. Here, Avril is a spectator, not a performer, as she sits in the foreground with Édouard Dujardin, a dandyish writer and nightclub habitué. In the upper left corner, on stage, is the headless body of Guilbert, recognizable by her trademark long black gloves and gaunt physique.