Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Jane Avril at the Jardin de Paris [Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Jane Avril at the Jardin de Paris [Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris] 1893 planographic , brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colours on wove paper
125.0 (h) x 92.0 (w) cm
signed lower centre, printed from the stone in olive-green ink, 'HTLautrec'
Reference: Wittrock P6b National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1996.891 Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG 1996

Jeanne Beaudon’s stage name – Jane Avril – was given to her by her lover the English poet and journalist Robert H. Sherard. Lautrec was captivated by Avril, whose jerky movements and eccentric routines distinguished her as a unique performer. Here she is shown onstage at the Jardin de Paris, her black-stockinged leg raised mid-kick. The extraordinary composition of this poster positions the viewer in the orchestra pit, looking past the neck and scroll of a double-bass to the bright skirts of Avril.

Jeanne Beaudon’s stage name – Jane Avril – was given to her by her lover the English poet and journalist Robert H. Sherard. Lautrec was captivated by Avril, whose jerky movements and eccentric routines distinguished her as a unique performer. Here she is shown onstage at the Jardin de Paris, her black-stockinged leg raised mid-kick. The extraordinary composition of this poster positions the viewer in the orchestra pit, looking past the neck and scroll of a double-bass to the bright skirts of Avril.

Jeanne Beaudon’s stage name – Jane Avril – was given to her by her lover the English poet and journalist Robert H. Sherard. Lautrec was captivated by Avril, whose jerky movements and eccentric routines distinguished her as a unique performer. Here she is shown onstage at the Jardin de Paris, her black-stockinged leg raised mid-kick. The extraordinary composition of this poster positions the viewer in the orchestra pit, looking past the neck and scroll of a double-bass to the bright skirts of Avril.



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