Divan Japonais

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


This poster by Henri Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901) tells us just as much about the performing dancer, Yvette Guilbert, who is recognizable by her long black gloves as about the audience where one could encounter personalities such as Jane Avril or the writer and music critique Edouard Dujardin.

In times when the legibility and immediacy of contemporary posters is often criticized, this “Divan japonais” is an example a delayed interpretation, consisting in decrypting the subjects, whose foreground object is dedicated more to the quality of the audience than to the performance produced by the famous Parisian establishment, which was directed by the poet Jehan Sarrazin from 1883 until 1892.


Format : 80,4 X 70 cm
Technique : Lithographie
Année de création : 1893
Pays d’origine : France
N° d'inventaire : A374