Arts of Africa
This portrait of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s friend the studio photographer Paul Sescau is one of several similar paintings Lautrec made of men in his social circle. Sescau is dressed like a modern boulevardier, or fashionable man-about-town, in a jacket, crisp white collar, and top hat, leaning jauntily on a cane in a corner of the artist’s studio, with canvases stacked on the floor around him. On the wall hangs a Japanese scroll painting (kakemono) that attests to Lautrec’s interest in Japanese art and brings the imagined space of its depicted landscape into the ordinary space of a Parisian studio. The scroll, like the top hat and cane, emphasizes the elegant verticality of the composition, which Lautrec accentuated further by adding a strip of cardboard at the bottom.
When Sescau sold this painting to the critic Roger Marx, Lautrec brokered the deal and stated: “I consider it one of my best.”
Rawhide, iron, fiber
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Rawhide anklet, strung with iron bells.
This item is not on view
Anklet, before 1922. Rawhide, iron, fiber, 7 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (19.1 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.660. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.660_front_PS5.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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