Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901
Jane Avril at the Jardin de Paris
[Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris]
Print, Poster, planographic
Technique: brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colours
Primary Insc: signed lower centre, printed from the stone in olive-green ink, 'HTLautrec'
image 125.0 h x 92.0 w cm
sheet 128.2 h x 93.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Wittrock P6b
Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG 1996
Accession No: NGA 96.891
Cutting-edge technology is not just a characteristic of our age
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters are some of the most brilliant in the medium. His Jane Avril, while showing the hint of caricature common to much of his work, has a real sense of individuated character. Jane Avril, a dancer at the Moulin Rouge, was one of Toulouse-Lautrec’s great friends and this, his penultimate poster, was his homage to her.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010