Divan Japonais (Toulouse-Lautrec)

 

Divan Japonais, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892-93

 

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The prominence of black, which creates strong contrasting effects and makes a clear cut around the shapes, is influenced by Japanese art. The palette is limited to black, yellow, and lighter, neutral hues, as if there was no real color there but only shades and lights.

 

The artist uses black, a bold yellow and orange to highlight certain parts of the image. The secondary, background elements are depicted in some neutral, watery beige hue.  Toulouse-Lautrec brings attention instead to the stage by using yellow, which symbolizes the lights. He also accentuates the presence of Yvette Guilbert on the stage even though her head is cropped from the image, by featuring her gloves in black, which makes them immediately stand out. In the foreground, Cancan dancer Jane Avril is the main character and subject of the scene. Her black dress and hat also give her prominence. Dandy writer Edouard Dujardin, on the right, is a bit more distant but his flamboyant yellow hair and black hat draw attention.

 

In this lithograph, which is also an advertisement, Toulouse-Lautrec seeks to capture the lively atmosphere of the cabaret by using bold colors and strong contrasts. The palette and its limited range of colors are enough to advertise the place as a lively atmosphere with entertaining shows and the presence of contemporary celebrities. 

 

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