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Sketch for a portrait of a lady
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Sketch for a portrait of a lady

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Crayon (blue) on paper

Width: 10 cm; Height: 10.9 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
The lady with an elaborate coiffure shown in this strikingly blue crayon drawing has been identified as Mme de Gortzikoff, who commissioned her portrait from Toulouse-Lautrec in 1893. As the woman’s face is partially covered by an opulent stole, lending the figure an enigmatic expression, the identification cannot, however, be verified with certainty. The swift and fluent sketch – signed with the artist’s initials at the lower right – vividly demonstrates Toulouse-Lautrec’s mastery in capturing moods, showing his sitter in deep introspection. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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