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The Masked Ball at the Elysée Montmartre

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (AKA Henri-Marie-Ramond de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa), French, (November 24, 1864–September 9, 1901)

Creation date: ca. 1887
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation
Accession Number: 1987.116
Dimensions: 21 3/4 in. x 18 1/8 in. (55.25 cm x 46.04 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Georges Bernheim, Paris, France ( - June 7, 1935)

J. Metthey, ( - )

Paccitti, ( - )

James Vigeveno Galleries, Los Angeles, California ( - March 25, 1955)

Georges Bernheim, Paris, France (June 7, 1935 - June 7, 1935)

Baldwin M. Baldwin, Newport Beach, California (March 25, 1955 - June 5, 1987)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 5, 1987 - )

Label Copy

The Elysée Montmartre, the first of the cafés-concerts, opened its doors on the Boulevard de Clichy in 1840. Initially drawing a low-class of patron from the nearby slaughterhouses, the dancehall’s reputation had risen over the decades. By the time Lautrec left his mother’s home in 1886, and rented a fourth-floor studio in Montmartre, the Elysée had become a fashionable meeting place catering to a mixed crowd. This scrubbed and sketchy study, typical of the artist’s early style, is one of four works depicting a masked ball at the popular café—probably the annual ball of the self-styled Société des Incohérants, inaugurated in 1887. The masquerader picked-out in profile against the glaring gas-lamps (electric lights would be installed in 1889 to compete with the nearby Moulin Rouge) sports an acrobat’s leotard and a black domino.
Last Updated: 2/5/2020

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Los Angeles Municipal Art Department , 5/27/1959 - 6/28/1959

[no title] The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor , 1/1/1965 - 12/31/1965

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 1/22/1972 - 3/5/1972

The Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation Collection: Graphics and Other Works by HT-L San Diego Museum of Art , 12/19/1980 - 2/1/1981

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 10/15/1988 - 1/9/2006

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection , 5/11/1996 - 1/9/2006

Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris: Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 7/10/2010 - 12/12/2010

Post-Impressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2018 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Nora Desloge. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 58, 59, Figure Number: 6

Phillip Dennis Cate. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 34, 35

The Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1980
Figure Number: 6

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Los Angeles, California, 1959
Figure Number: 3

Madeleine Georges Dortu. Toulouse-Lautrec: Collectors Editions Ltd.. New York, New York, 1971
Page Number: 128, 129, Figure Number: P.283

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

Eugenia Querci. Toulouse-Lautrec: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 128, 129, Figure Number: I.11

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