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Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
[French, 1864-1901]

Title: At Montrouge (Rosa la Rouge)

Date: 1886-87
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 72 x 49 cm (28 x 19 inches)
Location: Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania

Image size: 691 x 1041 pixels, 111 Kbytes
Image source: The Athenaeum
              
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Toulouse-Lautrec's most famous works document the demi-monde of fin-de-si├Ęcle Paris: the performers, prostitutes and patrons of Montmartre's night clubs.

Most of these pieces are breezily attuned to the atmosphere in these establishments - light, brightly colored and so loosely drawn they are almost sketches. But Toulouse-Lautrec was also capable of producing superbly detailed oil paintings of great depth, like this work (which, unexpectedly, is remarkably similar to any number of portraits by Andrew Wyeth).

Rosa la Rouge was a prostitute who appeared in many of Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings. Sadly, she is thought to be the source from which the artist contracted syphilis, a then-incurable disease which may have contributed to his early death at the age of 37.
 
 
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