Miss May Belfort welcoming (1895) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Miss May Belfort welcoming - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleMiss May Belfort welcoming
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Art MovementArt Nouveau (Modern)

About Miss May Belfort welcoming

The artwork entitled “Miss May Belfort welcoming” was created by the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the year 1895. It is a piece representative of the Art Nouveau movement, specifically falling within the category of sketch and study. The piece is emblematic of the period’s aesthetic sensibilities and the artist’s particular interest in the bohemian lifestyle and characters of his era.

In the artwork, one observes a figure captured in a side profile, drawn with quick, expressive lines that suggest form and movement rather than delineating them with precision. The subject is adorned with an elaborate headdress, and her facial features are accentuated with concise, dark strokes. The attire seems to be voluminous, possibly ruffles of a dress or stage costume, indicated by the rapid and swirling lines. The background is sparse, with only a dusting of spots around the figure, which may serve to enhance the central subject’s contrast against the blank canvas. The signature of Toulouse-Lautrec is discernible at the bottom left of the artwork, marking its authenticity and origin. The entire piece evokes a sense of immediacy and captures the ephemeral nature of a moment, a hallmark of Toulouse-Lautrec’s artistic style.

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