The Model Resting

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The Model Resting


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864 - 1901)






Tempera or casein with oil on cardboard


65.4 x 49.2 cm (25 3/4 x 19 3/8 in.)

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Probably painted from life, a semi-clad woman rests with her face hidden and her breast and shoulders exposed. This viewpoint--with the woman observed from above and behind--emphasizes her submissiveness and the spectator's control. The row of small tables and chairs implies a less-than-private setting, perhaps a cafe or brothel. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec explored the worlds of the theater, the cabaret, and the brothel--what the poet Charles Baudelaire called "the pleasures of Parisian life." Edgar Degas's series of pastel bathers, which were exhibited at the eighth Impressionist exhibition in spring 1886, may have inspired this particular subject and unusual angle of view.

To quickly capture the scene, Toulouse-Lautrec used tempera or casein, both quick-drying, opaque media that emphasize individual strokes rather than smooth modeling. The layered, linear strokes of pastel colors impose a common texture on the picture's various elements: skin, hair, cloth, wood, and wicker.

by 1919 -

J. & G. Bernheim-Jeune (Paris, France)

by 1931 -

Gaston Bernheim de Villers, 1870 - 1953 (Paris, France)

by 1955 -

Baron Charles-Emmanuel Janssen, died 1985 (Brussels, Belgium)

- 1982

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, March 31, 1982, lot 63, to a private collector.]

1982 -

Private Collection (United States)

- 1984

Acquavella Galleries, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

H. de Toulouse-Lautrec (April 9 to May 17, 1931) (Cat. 154 bis)
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, (Paris), April 9 to May 17, 1931
Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901) (1947) (Cat. 34a)
  • Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam), 1947
  • Kunsthalle Basel, 1947
  • Palais des beaux-arts (Brussels), 1947
Toulouse-Lautrec. Exposition en l'honneur du cinquantième anniversaire de sa mort (May to August 1951) (Cat. 66)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), May to August, 1951
25e Anniversaire (1953) (Cat. 66)
  • Palais des beaux-arts (Brussels), 1953

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Cabanne, Pierre. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, le peintre de la vie moderne (Paris: Éditions Pierre Terrail, 2003) p. 164.

Thomson, Richard. The Troubled Republic: Visual Culture and Social Debate in France, 1889-1900 (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2004) pp. 43-44, fig. 34.

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