Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | The jockeys [Les jockeys]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

The jockeys [Les jockeys] 1882 oil on canvas on canvas
64.5 (h) x 45.0 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.188 Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Lautrec’s earliest drawings were of the animals on his family’s estates in the south of France. His father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse Lautrec – was a keen huntsman and the pair shared a love of dogs and horses. Here, to capture the scene’s liveliness, the jockeys and dog are set contre jour against a blustery sky.  This work shows Lautrec’s early ability to carefully analyse his subjects.     

Lautrec’s earliest drawings were of the animals on his family’s estates in the south of France. His father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse Lautrec – was a keen huntsman and the pair shared a love of dogs and horses. Here, to capture the scene’s liveliness, the jockeys and dog are set contre jour against a blustery sky.  This work shows Lautrec’s early ability to carefully analyse his subjects.     

Lautrec’s earliest drawings were of the animals on his family’s estates in the south of France. His father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse Lautrec – was a keen huntsman and the pair shared a love of dogs and horses. Here, to capture the scene’s liveliness, the jockeys and dog are set contre jour against a blustery sky.  This work shows Lautrec’s early ability to carefully analyse his subjects.     




Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy