Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Woman in balldress at the entrance to a box at the theatre [Femme en toilette de bal à l’entrée d’une loge de théâtre]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Woman in balldress at the entrance to a box at the theatre [Femme en toilette de bal à l’entrée d’une loge de théâtre] 1889/94 oil on canvas on canvas
81.0 (h) x 51.5 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.523 Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi Gift Countess A. de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1922

A drama seems to be unfolding in this intriguing scene: an elegant woman lingers at the door of a theatre box, while the shadowy figure of a man appears reflected in a mirror. The woman’s skirt is raised to a scandalous level, suggesting a recent, salacious liaison in the seclusion of the private box.

A painting of a ballerina remains just visible below the surface of the composition. This is the only instance in which Lautrec is known to have recycled his canvases. 

A drama seems to be unfolding in this intriguing scene: an elegant woman lingers at the door of a theatre box, while the shadowy figure of a man appears reflected in a mirror. The woman’s skirt is raised to a scandalous level, suggesting a recent, salacious liaison in the seclusion of the private box.

A painting of a ballerina remains just visible below the surface of the composition. This is the only instance in which Lautrec is known to have recycled his canvases. 

A drama seems to be unfolding in this intriguing scene: an elegant woman lingers at the door of a theatre box, while the shadowy figure of a man appears reflected in a mirror. The woman’s skirt is raised to a scandalous level, suggesting a recent, salacious liaison in the seclusion of the private box.

A painting of a ballerina remains just visible below the surface of the composition. This is the only instance in which Lautrec is known to have recycled his canvases. 



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