Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Reine de Joie [Queen of Pleasure]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
artist France 1864 – 1901

Reine de Joie [Queen of Pleasure] 1892 planographic , brush, spatter and transfer screen lithograph, printed in four colours on cream, wove paper
138.4 (h) x 93.0 (w) cm , unknown
signed centre left, printed from the stone in green ink, 'HTLautrec' not dated
Reference: Wittrock P3 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 2011.829 Purchased with the assistance of Mary Peabody 2011

Following the success of his first poster Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, Lautrec was commissioned to design advertising for various venues, performers, and novels. This poster was created for Victor Joze’s erotic novel, Reine de joie: moeurs du demi-monde [Queen of pleasure: the mores of the demi-monde], about a young demi-mondaine who secures a regular allowance, jewellery and an apartment courtesy of a rich banker. Lautrec mockingly represents the couple – the beautiful young courtesan is set in stark contrast to her corpulent older lover.

Following the success of his first poster Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, Lautrec was commissioned to design advertising for various venues, performers, and novels. This poster was created for Victor Joze’s erotic novel, Reine de joie: moeurs du demi-monde [Queen of pleasure: the mores of the demi-monde], about a young demi-mondaine who secures a regular allowance, jewellery and an apartment courtesy of a rich banker. Lautrec mockingly represents the couple – the beautiful young courtesan is set in stark contrast to her corpulent older lover.

Following the success of his first poster Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, Lautrec was commissioned to design advertising for various venues, performers, and novels. This poster was created for Victor Joze’s erotic novel, Reine de joie: moeurs du demi-monde [Queen of pleasure: the mores of the demi-monde], about a young demi-mondaine who secures a regular allowance, jewellery and an apartment courtesy of a rich banker. Lautrec mockingly represents the couple – the beautiful young courtesan is set in stark contrast to her corpulent older lover.



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