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Divan Japonais

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Made)

  • Date:

    1892 (Designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 81, box D

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. With its '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 (Designed and made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

H. T. Lautrec
Signed on stone bottom right hand corner

Ed Fournier/Directeur
Lower left, written on the stone

DIVAN JAPONAIS / 75 rue des Martyrs
Top right corner, written on the stone


Height: 809 mm, Width: 617 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.
Nancy Ireson, ed. Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril. Beyond the Moulin Rouge London: The Courtauld Gallery, 2011. ISBN: 9781907372247.
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1962


Paper; Lithographic ink



Subjects depicted

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


Prints; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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