Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | May Belfort

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
artist France 1864 – 1901

May Belfort 1895 planographic , brush, crayon and spatter lithograph, printed in four colours on backed on linen
80.0 (h) x 61.0 (w) cm , unknown
signed lower left, printed from the stone in grey-green ink, 'HTL' monogram not dated
Reference: Wittrock P14 (B iv) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 2012.61 The Poynton Bequest 2012

May Belfort was an Irish born singer known for her suggestive use of double entendres in songs such as Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow wow. Belfort performed this number on stage whilst holding a small cat and wearing an English infant’s frock.

Belfort and her lover, the performer May Milton, both commissioned Lautrec to make posters for them. He created two similar sized works, as related pendants in red and blue.

May Belfort was an Irish born singer known for her suggestive use of double entendres in songs such as Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow wow. Belfort performed this number on stage whilst holding a small cat and wearing an English infant’s frock.

Belfort and her lover, the performer May Milton, both commissioned Lautrec to make posters for them. He created two similar sized works, as related pendants in red and blue.

May Belfort was an Irish born singer known for her suggestive use of double entendres in songs such as Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow wow. Belfort performed this number on stage whilst holding a small cat and wearing an English infant’s frock.

Belfort and her lover, the performer May Milton, both commissioned Lautrec to make posters for them. He created two similar sized works, as related pendants in red and blue.




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