Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret
Summer 1887
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
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.


  • Artist Name: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)
  • Title: Red-Headed Woman in the Garden of M. Foret
  • Date: Summer 1887
  • Medium: Oil on cardboard
  • Dimensions: 28-1/8 x 22-7/8 in. (71.4 x 58.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1973.37.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

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.

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15

Exposition rétrospective de Toulouse-Lautrec

  • Paris, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, 1914 to

[on loan]

  • Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1927 to

Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Posters

  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1930-12-23 to 1931-01-18

Tenth Loan Exhibition: Lautréc-Redon

  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), 1931-02-01 to 1931-03-02

The Nineteenth Century. French Art in Retrospect

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1932-11-01 to 1932-11-30


  • Wildenstein & Co. (New York, N.Y.), 1946-10-23 to 1946-11-23


  • Wildenstein & Co. (New York, N.Y.), 1964-02-07 to 1964-03-14

French Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce

  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), 1966-03-17 to 1966-05-01

By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2019-10-04 to 2020-03-02

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Solitude of "La Vie Moderne"

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1992-01-16 to 1992-09-20

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13
  • Kern, Walter, Lautrec, pl. 6
  • Steadman, David W., The Connoisseur, fig. 4 p. 223
  • Joyant, Maurice, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901 peintre, pp. 75, 267
  • The Connoisseur, p. 65
  • Adhémar, Jean, Toulouse-Lautrec, p. 225
  • Schaub-Kach, Emile, Psychanalyse d'un peintre moderne: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, 1935, pp. 178, 190
  • Jourdain, Francis, Lautrec, 1948, pl. 6
  • Caproni, G.; and G. Sugana, L'opera completa di Toulouse-Lautrec, 1969, no. 233 p. 102
  • Dortu, M. G., Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre, 1971, no. P342
  • Stuckey, Charles, Toulouse-Lautrec: Paintings, 1979, under no. 39, fig. 1 p. 149
  • The French Impressionists in Southern California: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints in Public Collections. A Guide Book and Catalogue, 1984,
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 157
  • Lassaigne, Jacques, Toulouse-Lautrec, 1991, pl. 52 pp. 52, 165
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1004 p. 361
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