Red-haired woman on her knees by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Red haired woman on her knees by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

As a beginning artist, Lautrec occasionally wrote for the exercise a man’s naked nature. But he was much more successful in depicting naked women. The female body of Lautrec looks heavy, real; he does not want to idealize him. As a rule, the artist did not write young beauties, but mature women with a fading beginner.

Lautrec’s female images are very intimate, and this is their main resemblance to the female images of Degas, whose work he so admired. True, unlike the impassive Degas, Lautrec depicts women with warmth and deep sympathy.

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