Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
Summer 1887
Oil on cardboard 
28-1/8 x 22-7/8 in. (71.4 x 58.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

This picture belongs to a small group Toulouse-Lautrec painted outdoors in the garden of a friend during the summer of 1887. Writing to his mother that July, he complained, “The sky is unsettled and is sprinkling us with an unconcern that shows how little feeling the Eternal Father has with regard to outdoor painting.” An irreverent wit, Toulouse-Lautrec is best remembered for his lurid, acidic portrayals of the Parisian demimonde. Here we see a very different side of his production—tender and pensive—capturing the features of his favorite model, Carmen Gaudin. Her flaming hair and pale, sharp features appear again and again in his pictures from the late 1880s.


Nardus Collection.
Pierre Decourcelle, Paris, by 1914 (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 16 June 1926, lot 74, ill., as Femme en mauve dans le jardin du père Forest, to);
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris; sold 1926 to];
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, sold (by exchange) 1943 to;
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold 7 July 1943 to];
Mr. and Mrs. Byron C. Foy, New York, (Thelma Chrysler Foy sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 13 May 1959, lot 12, color ill., as Femme rousse dans un jardin, to);
Gordon Guiberson, Bel Air, California, consigned January 1965 to;
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold April, 1965 to];
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia, returned February 1973 to;
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold December 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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