The artist’s mother, Countess Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec at breakfast by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The artists mother, Countess Adele de Toulouse Lautrec at breakfast by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

In his youth, when the artist tried to find his own style, he often drew family members and pets, while trying not only to transfer the original image to the canvas, but to paint life, movement, sensations, and even the character of the model on the canvas.

In the picture “The artist’s mother, Countess Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec at breakfast,” it is felt that a woman with traces of her former beauty was hardly spoiled by fate, rather, on the contrary, the wilting of youth is associated with sorrows, experiences, and humble bearing of her cross.

From the appearance of a woman it is natural, lack of desire to look spectacular, attractive, she does not seek contact with the viewer, but tries to avoid it.

Some critics believe that in the early paintings, where the artist portrayed Countess Adele, despite the conformity of the style of canvases with the basic canons of impressionism, the young Lautrec was not looking for more than he could see.

Working in the genre of portrait, Lautrec “spared” only the mother, portraying her with tenderness, without a sarcastic grotesque taste.

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