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In a Private Dining Room (At the Rat Mort)
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In a Private Dining Room (At the Rat Mort)

Circa 1899

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Oil on canvas

Height: 55.1 cm ( canvas ); Width: 46 cm ( canvas ); Height: 73.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8 cm ( frame ); Width: 64.8 cm ( frame );

Signed, top right & recto, initials in monogram, T-Lautrec

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
Toulouse-Lautrec was famed for his closely-observed portrayals of late nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife, from music halls to brothels. Here, a high-class prostitute, probably Lucy Jourdain, is shown in elaborate costume seated in a cabinet particulier (a private room intended for intimate liaisons) at the café-restaurant Le Rat Mort (the Dead Rat). The light from the lamp at the left casts a sickly green glow. The blurry and hallucinatory effect is deeply evocative of seedy night-time entertainment. (Permanent collection label)

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

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