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May Belfort. 1895.

May Belfort. 1895.

Item Description:

Artist: HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)
Size: 23 1/2 x 31 in./59.7 x 79 cm
Condition: B / Slight tears at edges. Framed.
Printer: Imp. Edw. Ancourt, Paris
Reference: Ref: Wittrock, p. 14B; Adriani, 126; PAI-LXXVIII, 459
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec; Cabaret; Dance; Cats; Animals

May Belfort. 1895.
“May Belfort, whom [Lautrec] represented in at least ten works, had gained a reputation for corrupt innocence by appearing onstage dressed as a baby holding a black kitten in her arms, and ‘miaowing or bleating’ her popular song, 'Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-Wow,' whose lines had a double meaning which was not lost on the French-speaking audience: ‘I’ve got a pussycat, I’m very fond of that’” (Frey, p. 382). This would have been particularly amusing for the audience, as Belfort was in an openly lesbian affair with the English dancer May Milton.

About The Artist:

HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)

AUCTION
$ 30,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 465 in PAI-LXXXIII: Rare Posters
AUCTION DATE: Feb 16, 2021 at 11:00am EST

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