Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Head of a redhead woman in a white blouse [TĂȘte de femme rousse en caraco blanc]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Head of a redhead woman in a white blouse [TĂȘte de femme rousse en caraco blanc] 1886 oil on canvas
59.5 (h) x 48.2 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.345 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Lautrec was an unconventional portraitist who experimented with unusual viewpoints and asymmetrical compositions. Figures are often cropped and seem to enter the viewer’s space – visual devices which are evident in this portrait of Carmen Gaudin. The work also demonstrates Lautrec’s experiments with colour. He uses sketchy brush strokes in multiple shades to highlight Gaudin’s hair, her pale skin and blouse. He has added pink to her cheeks which, in combination with the brilliant red of her hair, contrasts with the blue-green shadows.

Lautrec was an unconventional portraitist who experimented with unusual viewpoints and asymmetrical compositions. Figures are often cropped and seem to enter the viewer’s space – visual devices which are evident in this portrait of Carmen Gaudin. The work also demonstrates Lautrec’s experiments with colour. He uses sketchy brush strokes in multiple shades to highlight Gaudin’s hair, her pale skin and blouse. He has added pink to her cheeks which, in combination with the brilliant red of her hair, contrasts with the blue-green shadows.

Lautrec was an unconventional portraitist who experimented with unusual viewpoints and asymmetrical compositions. Figures are often cropped and seem to enter the viewer’s space – visual devices which are evident in this portrait of Carmen Gaudin. The work also demonstrates Lautrec’s experiments with colour. He uses sketchy brush strokes in multiple shades to highlight Gaudin’s hair, her pale skin and blouse. He has added pink to her cheeks which, in combination with the brilliant red of her hair, contrasts with the blue-green shadows.



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