Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | At the Bastille, Jeanne Wenz [A La Bastille, Jeanne Wenz]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

At the Bastille, Jeanne Wenz [A La Bastille, Jeanne Wenz] 1887 oil on canvas
72.5 (h) x 49.5 (w) cm
upper right: ['88?] / initials in monogram followed by rest of last name: THLautrec
Reference: Dortu P.307 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon

Drinkers were a popular theme for Lautrec. The subject of this painting is inspired by an Aristide Bruant song. The song tells the story of a down-and-out woman, with large brown eyes, who could be found every evening serving drinks at a bar called the Bastille.

Here Lautrec has created a sensitive portrait of his friend, Jeanne Wenz, as the vulnerable femme de brasserie [waitress] the lone drinker. The dark and moody palette evokes the tragic nature of this subject.

Drinkers were a popular theme for Lautrec. The subject of this painting is inspired by an Aristide Bruant song. The song tells the story of a down-and-out woman, with large brown eyes, who could be found every evening serving drinks at a bar called the Bastille.

Here Lautrec has created a sensitive portrait of his friend, Jeanne Wenz, as the vulnerable femme de brasserie [waitress] the lone drinker. The dark and moody palette evokes the tragic nature of this subject.

Drinkers were a popular theme for Lautrec. The subject of this painting is inspired by an Aristide Bruant song. The song tells the story of a down-and-out woman, with large brown eyes, who could be found every evening serving drinks at a bar called the Bastille.

Here Lautrec has created a sensitive portrait of his friend, Jeanne Wenz, as the vulnerable femme de brasserie [waitress] the lone drinker. The dark and moody palette evokes the tragic nature of this subject.



Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy