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The Model Resting by Henri  de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Model Resting by Henri  de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Model Resting, 1889

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The artist’s model rests between poses, slouched in a cloth-draped cane chair. She’s probably been caught off-guard, in a private moment, and at least appears to be unaware of the artist’s gaze. Her face is hidden, but her shoulders and breast are exposed, emphasizing her vulnerability. To quickly capture the scene, Toulouse-Lautrec used quick-drying, opaque paints that emphasize individual strokes rather than creating a smooth surface. These strokes of pastel colors evoke a sketch-like, timeless quality that transports us to a brothel or artist’s studio in Paris during its bohemian heyday.

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