Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Charles Conder, sketch for ‘Fashionable people at Les Ambassadeurs [Aux Ambassadeurs: gens chics]’

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Charles Conder, sketch for ‘Fashionable people at Les Ambassadeurs [Aux Ambassadeurs: gens chics] 1893 oil à l’essence on cardboard on cardboard
47.3 (h) x 36.3 (w) cm
Reference: Dortu P.462 Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen Purchased in 1949

Active as an Australian Impressionist during the 1880s, the English born Charles Conder arrived in Paris in 1890. A regular in the bars and cafes of Montmatre, Conder established a close friendship with Lautrec. The solitary figure of Conder appears in a state of relaxed bemusement, wearing the blank facial expression of a chronic absinthe drinker.

This work and the one next to it were both preparatory works for the larger painting Aux Ambassadeurs: gens chics. Quick, seemingly unfinished oil sketches of individuals were a typical feature of Lautrec’s creative process.

Active as an Australian Impressionist during the 1880s, the English born Charles Conder arrived in Paris in 1890. A regular in the bars and cafes of Montmatre, Conder established a close friendship with Lautrec. The solitary figure of Conder appears in a state of relaxed bemusement, wearing the blank facial expression of a chronic absinthe drinker.

This work and the one next to it were both preparatory works for the larger painting Aux Ambassadeurs: gens chics. Quick, seemingly unfinished oil sketches of individuals were a typical feature of Lautrec’s creative process.

Active as an Australian Impressionist during the 1880s, the English born Charles Conder arrived in Paris in 1890. A regular in the bars and cafes of Montmatre, Conder established a close friendship with Lautrec. The solitary figure of Conder appears in a state of relaxed bemusement, wearing the blank facial expression of a chronic absinthe drinker.

This work and the one next to it were both preparatory works for the larger painting Aux Ambassadeurs: gens chics. Quick, seemingly unfinished oil sketches of individuals were a typical feature of Lautrec’s creative process.




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