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May Milton. 1895.

May Milton. 1895.

Item Description:

Artist: HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)
Size: 24 1/4 x 31 5/8 in./61.5 x 80.3 cm
Condition: A. Framed.
Printer:
Reference: Ref: Wittrock, P17A; Adriani 134-I; PAI-LXXIII, 460
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec; Dance

May Milton. 1895.
With a banjo-playing clown as a remarque in the lower right corner, this distinctive version of May Milton was printed in an edition of just 25 copies. "Extremely rare," says Wittrock (p. 788). An English dancer at the Moulin-Rouge, May Milton was in an affair with May Belfort (see no. 459). Toulouse-Lautrec's portrait of her is so subtly bizarre that Picasso included it in the background of his early painting "The Bath" (1901). "Milton is shown in a seemingly impossible position," Ebria Feinblatt writes. "Lautrec so twists the position of Milton's right leg that, instead of a back kick, the foot emerges from the side. At the same time, this pose answers the artist's need to continue the unbroken, undulating pattern that starts with the wavy hair hanging down to her puffed shoulder sleeve... the undeniable presence of the figure [is] arresting" (Wagner, p. 27). This is signed and numbered 17 from an edition of 25 copies.

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HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (1864-1901)

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