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Seated Female Clown, Mlle Cha-U-Kao

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901

1896

Colour lithograph in the crayon manner 52.3 x 40.3 cm

This colour lithograph belongs to the very important series Elles. The subject is Mlle Cha-U-Kao, a dancer, acrobat and clown who worked at the Moulin Rouge, the New Circus and in Parisian cabaret. She was one of the artist's favorite models and he depicted her several times.

The sitter is shown in the circus lobby with legs apart and arms folded, a natural and relaxed posture in which it was convenient to relax the muscles. The artist contrasts the black silhouette of the legs and the red of the bench, while the yellow of the fluffy collar adds a touch which sets off the main colour scheme.

 

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