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Divan Japonais

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1892 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, born 1864 - died 1901 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J.T. Clarke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 7

This poster advertises the café-concert Divan Japonais in Paris. Using flat areas of colour, outline and sinuous silhouette, the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) depicts the dancer Jane Avril and the critic Edouard Dujardin in the foreground, with the singer Yvette Guilbert on stage. Characterised by 'oriental'-style decoration, the Divan Japonais was one of the many Paris haunts of Toulouse-Lautrec.

Physical description

Depicts the interior of a café-concert. A singer is partially obscured in the top left-hand corner. An auburn-haired woman in a black dress sits in the foreground. A man stands behind her wearing a top hat and carrying a cane. An orchestra is partially visible.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1892 (made)


Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, born 1864 - died 1901 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

H. T. Lautrec


Height: 798 mm, Width: 605 mm

Descriptive line

Poster, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'Divan Japonais', French; 1892.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Coutts, Howard and Claire Jones Toulouse Lautrec and the art of the French Poster. Bowes Museum, 2004. 53 p., ill. ISBN 0954818202.
Ireson, Nancy (ed.), Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril. Beyond the Moulin Rouge, London, The Courtauld Gallery, 2011.
Hannah Brocklehurst and Frances Fowle. Pin-ups : Toulouse-Lautrec and the art of celebrity. Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland, 2018. 120 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 x 17 cm. ISBN: 9781911054214
pp. 58-9


Paper; Pen and Indian ink



Subjects depicted

Singers; Hats; Entertainment; Orchestras (ensembles); Woman


Prints; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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