Identification and Creation
Object Number
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French (Albi 1864 - 1901 Malromé)
Trapeze Artist at the Medrano Circus
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Gouache on cardboard
79.7 x 60.4 cm (31 3/8 x 23 3/4 in.)
frame: 99.1 x 80 x 7 cm (39 x 31 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: upper right, graphite: HTLautrec [HTL combined into one letter, encircled]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, blue chalk: 30/101
  • label: verso, lower left, black ink: Fogg Art Museum [printed] / P.S. 22-B [graphite] / Artist [printed] Toulouse-Lautrec / Subject [printed] Trapeze Artist / No. [printed] 1934.34 / Coburn Bequest
  • inscription: verso, upper left center, graphite, faded: B [encircled]
  • inscription: verso, upper center, red chalk: No 16 [?]
  • label: verso, upper center, left side of label partially ripped, black ink: H. Toulouse-Lautrec / "La Trapeziste" / Mrs H.H. Coburn / Chicago, ILL
  • label: verso, upper center, blue ink: Toulouse-Lautrec / 1864- / 1901 / La Trapéziste / [further writing in faded brown ink, illegible]
  • label: verso, upper center, label with red border, brown ink: 1909 Toulouse Lautrec / La Trapéziste/ nbbb [?]
  • label: verso, upper center, label is mostly gone, black ink: Student Acrobat
  • label: verso, upper right, round export stamp on paper, black ink: DOUANE DE PARIS / BATIGNOLLES
  • inscription: verso, upper right, white chalk: 117
  • label: verso, upper right, printed in black ink: 733
  • label: verso, lower center right, black ink: No [printed] 733 / T Lautrec / La Trapéziste / VESS
  • stamp: verso, upper center, round export stamp in black ink, partially faded and miss-stamped: DOUANES / FRANÇAISES/ [?] de Paris Batignolles
  • stamp: verso, upper left, black ink: PHOTO
  • inscription: verso, upper right, graphite: 6
G. Bernheim. Mrs. Annie S. Coburn, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1934.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Dortu P.489
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Annie Swan Coburn
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

A. Brook, "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec", The Arts (September 1923), ill. p. 159

Maurice Joyant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901 (Paris, France, 1926), vol. I, p. 280

Gerstle Mack, Toulouse-Lautrec, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1938), p. 216

M. G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec, Editions du Chêne (Paris, France, 1952), repr. p. 7

M. G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre (New York, NY, 1971), vol II, no. P.489 p. 300, repr. p. 301

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), p. 36, cat. 20, ill.

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), cat. no. 59 p. 109

Jean Sagne, Toulouse-Lautrec au cirque, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1991), p. 96, repr. p. 97

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 32 under "Gouache"

Richard Thomson and Philip Dennis Cate, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Art Institute of Chicago (Washington DC / Chicago IL, 2005), p. 240, repr. p. 243 as fig. 262, no. 262 in checklist p. 258

Christopher Lloyd, Impressionism: Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings, exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI, 2011), pp. 29, 67, detail repr. p. 52, repr. p. 155 as pl. 110, listed on p. 172 under "works in the exhibition"

Roland Halbert, La Saison qui Danse ou Carnet de Zigzags pour Toulouse-Lautrec, Editions Multilingues Fraction (Paris, 2016), repr. p. 80, cover

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 205-206, repr. p. 202 as fig. 1

Exhibition History

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 03/20/2005 - 06/12/2005; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 07/16/2005 - 10/10/2005

Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 10/14/2011 - 01/08/2012

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