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Poster - Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris
  • Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris
    Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, born 1864 - died 1901
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Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1893 (Designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case TR5

The Jardin de Paris was a café-concert hall owned by the proprietor of the Moulin Rouge. One of the hall's performers, Jane Avril, is seen here dancing on stage. Avril was a favourite subject of Toulouse-Lautrec's and appears in many of his works from this period, including another poster, Divan Japonais, which, unusually, shows her as a spectator rather than a performer.

This poster demonstrates the visual juxtaposition of the beautiful and the grotesque that was so beloved of Toulouse-Lautrec: the sensuous figure of Avril contrasts sharply with that of the caricatured features of the musician playing the double-bass, his hairy knuckles are rendered all the more conspicuous by their proximity to her frothy gown.

Physical description

A woman in a red dress and feathered hat raises her leg in the can-can while dancing on stage. In the foreground a musician playing a double-bass can be seen in the orchestra pit.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1893 (Designed and made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 1305 mm, Width: 945 mm, Height: 1470 mm frame, Width: 1090 mm frame, Depth: 25 mm frame

Object history note

Transferred from the British Museum.

Descriptive line

Poster, 'Jane Avril au Jardin de Paris', Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French; 1893

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

F. Calvo Serraller and Paloma Alarcó, Picasso. Lautrec. Madrid : Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2017. ISBN: 9788417173050
p. 121
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. 151


Lithographic ink; Paper


Colour lithograph; Planographic printing

Subjects depicted



Prints; Advertising; Posters; Entertainment & Leisure; Dance


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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