Monsieur Boileau (1893) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Monsieur Boileau - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleMonsieur Boileau
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Dimensions80 x 65 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Monsieur Boileau

The artwork “Monsieur Boileau” is a distinguished example of the Post-Impressionism movement, crafted in 1893 by the celebrated artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This genre painting, measuring 80 x 65 cm, employs oil on canvas to depict a social scene. Toulouse-Lautrec’s propensity for capturing the vivacity of Parisian night-life is evident in this piece, which features robust colors and dynamic brushstrokes, hallmarks of his unique approach to Post-Impressionism.

In the artwork, the central figure, presumably Monsieur Boileau, is seated at a café table, his gaze casually meeting the viewer’s. His attire is indicative of the time period, with a cap and suit jacket, exuding a relaxed demeanor while grasping a walking stick. His expression and posture suggest a moment of leisure or reflection. The foreground of the painting is dominated by the table, which bears drinks, a pitcher, and a newspaper, elements that add to the narrative of everyday leisure activities.

The café setting is brought to life with multiple patrons engaged in conversation or refreshment, their forms rendered in swift strokes and blended colors that convey movement and the bustling ambiance. Notable in the background is a figure drinking from a glass, depicted with a simplified yet recognizable form in the distinct style of Toulouse-Lautrec. The interplay of interior lighting and the palette of greens, yellows, and blues imbue the composition with vibrancy and a sense of immediacy, transporting the viewer into the spirited world of fin-de-siècle Paris.

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