Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Tête-à-tête supper (In a private room - At the 'Rat Mort') (Portrait of Lucy Jourdan) [En cabinet particulier - Au 'Rat Mort' (Portrait de Lucy Jourdan)]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Tête-à-tête supper (In a private room - At the 'Rat Mort') (Portrait of Lucy Jourdan) [En cabinet particulier - Au 'Rat Mort' (Portrait de Lucy Jourdan)] c.1899 oil on canvas on canvas
55.1 (h) x 46.0 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.677 The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

In the intimate setting of a private dining room at the restaurant, the Rat Mort (Dead Rat), Lautrec depicts the ageing coquette Lucy Jourdan. Smothered in thick make-up and with lips painted ruby red, Jourdan appears like some overripe fruit. Lautrec’s use of a rich palette and loose brushwork suggests the decadent nature of the subject: Jourdan was a high-class prostitute and is accompanied here by her lover, the Baron de W. Lautrec’s presence in the scene is suggested by the placement of a glass on the table opposite Jourdan.

In the intimate setting of a private dining room at the restaurant, the Rat Mort (Dead Rat), Lautrec depicts the ageing coquette Lucy Jourdan. Smothered in thick make-up and with lips painted ruby red, Jourdan appears like some overripe fruit. Lautrec’s use of a rich palette and loose brushwork suggests the decadent nature of the subject: Jourdan was a high-class prostitute and is accompanied here by her lover, the Baron de W. Lautrec’s presence in the scene is suggested by the placement of a glass on the table opposite Jourdan.

In the intimate setting of a private dining room at the restaurant, the Rat Mort (Dead Rat), Lautrec depicts the ageing coquette Lucy Jourdan. Smothered in thick make-up and with lips painted ruby red, Jourdan appears like some overripe fruit. Lautrec’s use of a rich palette and loose brushwork suggests the decadent nature of the subject: Jourdan was a high-class prostitute and is accompanied here by her lover, the Baron de W. Lautrec’s presence in the scene is suggested by the placement of a glass on the table opposite Jourdan.




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