Lautrec's models in photographs
July 5, 2007 6:42 AM   Subscribe

Photographs of the dancers, actresses, cafe-life figures and prostitutes who were the subjects of Toulouse Lautrec's paintings, including such luminaries as Sarah Bernhardt, "La Goulue" (Louise Weber; remember this?), and Jane Avril, who was the model for this last, iconic, Lautrec poster. View pages of the art matched up with photos, here, here, and here, and go to this page to rummage around in even more collections that include photos of Lautrec, his friends and family, street and location scenes, and lots of other tidbits. [Spanish language site; NUDITY]
posted by taz (10 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Also, anyone who is interested in this post will also not want to miss mjj's earlier post, The Impressionists' Secret Weapon, about the use of early photography in art.
posted by taz at 6:45 AM on July 5, 2007

Great post. Thanks, taz.
posted by sveskemus at 7:01 AM on July 5, 2007

Very cool, thank you for sharing!
posted by headspace at 7:30 AM on July 5, 2007

Oh, yes, this is excellent.

posted by OmieWise at 7:46 AM on July 5, 2007

The iconic poster for me is of Aristide Bruant. He really had a hat like that. I wonder if he had the scarve too, or it it was artistic wishful thinking?
posted by three blind mice at 8:04 AM on July 5, 2007

taz, this is a most stellar post - what a rich find - thanks for the post!

I am caught up in the story of Suzanne Valadon - in addition to being painted by Lautrec, she was the model for some of my favorite works: Degas' bathing women, Renoir's dancers and a portrait by her famous son Utrillo --- not to mention her own works.

I probably won't get much work done today now. Oh well.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:05 AM on July 5, 2007

I had always imagined an intense, brooding Lautrec, half-crazed by the green fairy, staring down his model in a dimly lit Montmartre appartment. And now you've ruined it all. Sort of like David Hockneys "Secret Knowledge" (although not all agree).
posted by tighttrousers at 8:26 AM on July 5, 2007

Fascinating pictures, Helene Vary is exquisite like the rest in their own way. Thanks taz, what a great post.
posted by Viomeda at 11:27 AM on July 5, 2007

What a great find!
posted by oneirodynia at 11:35 AM on July 5, 2007

Terrific post, thanks!
posted by faineant at 3:52 PM on July 5, 2007

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