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Poster - Reine de Joie
  • Reine de Joie
    Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, born 1864 - died 1901
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Reine de Joie

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    Late 19th Century (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, room 514, case EXP

This poster advertises the publication of Victor Joze's novel, Reine de Joie: Moeurs du demi-monde, an eroticised account of the improprieties of a section of Parisian society. The protagonist, Hélène Roland, is depicted embracing her elderly patron, attracted as much by his wealth and status as he is by her youth and good looks. The artfully styled lock of hair, the beauty spot and her revealing red dress all point to Hélène's louche behaviour and the submissiveness in her patron's gesture suggests she has ensnared him completely. The title, Reine de Joie, is a thinly veiled reference to a French term for a prostitute: une fille de joie. The critic, Thadée Natanson, described Toulouse-Lautrec's poster thus,

'It is the latest [poster], above all, that has thrilled us: the delicious Reine de Joie, light, pretty and exquisitely perverse.'.

Physical description

Two men and a woman are seated at a dining table on which are laid cutlery, a plate, wine and water glasses and a ewer. The woman, dressed in a red dress and black choker, embraces the portly, elderly man to her right while the other glances off in the opposite direction.

Place of Origin

France (made)


Late 19th Century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

H T. Lautrec
Signed centre left

Reine de Joie par Victor Joze

chez tous les libraires (sic)
Queen of Joy by Victor Joze.

In all bookshops.


Height: 1473 mm, Width: 984 mm

Descriptive line

Poster, 'Reine de Joie', Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; 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.
Phillip Dennis Cate, Saskia Oooms, Michela Niccolai, Laurent Bihl, Ricard Bru i Turull, Toulouse-Lautrec i l'esperit de Montmartre. Barcelona : Obra Social la Caixa, 2018. 274 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm. ISBN: 9788499002118
p. 187


Lithographic ink; Paper


Lithograph; Planographic printing

Subjects depicted

Chair; Dinner plates; Cutlery; Prostitution; Ewer


Prints; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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