Exploring Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘La Revue Blanche (The White Review)’

By Daniel Fulco, Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator 

To mark the opening of the new exhibition From the Pages of PAN: Art Nouveau Prints, 1895‒1900 (on view through January 29, 2023), we are sharing this print in our collection. This work is currently on display in the Taylor Gallery, located in the lobby corridor.

la revue blanche


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864‒1901)
La Revue Blanche (The White Review), 1895
Brush, spatter & crayon lithograph in four colors on two sheets of woven paper
56.125″h x 42.25″w
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harry A. Oleynick in memory of Rose and Edwin Bachman, A3196,96.0302
This captivating portrayal of arts patron Misia Natanson is among the most elegant of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters. It advertises La Revue Blanche, a periodical published by Misia’s husband, Thadée Natanson and his brothers. With her plumed hat, fur cape, and muff, Misia embodies the spirit of contemporary fashion and elegance. Look closely at the way the artist has positioned her figure—leaning to the left with her arms swinging slightly to the right. Toulouse-Lautrec has represented her such that she appears to float across the composition. Sharp observers may intuit from her winter attire and bodily position, that she is ice skating.Appearing from 1889‒1903, La Revue Blanche was a forum for the most progressive literary and artistic ideas of the day. Toulouse-Lautrec and his fellow Post-Impressionists, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, supplied illustrations for the magazine’s covers. La Revue Blanche played a significant role in the revolution of color lithography, printing, and graphic design of the late 1880s and 90s.A renowned painter and printmaker, Toulouse-Lautrec is famed for his works depicting Parisian café and dance hall culture as well as the private exchanges among the people who frequented these establishments. While some of his paintings convey a sense of melancholy and alienation, his large lithographs often express gaiety and dynamism.If you visit the museum, be sure not to miss Toulouse-Lautrec’s remarkable lithograph, Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender en Buste (Bust of Miss Marcelle Lender, 1895), which is exhibited in From the Pages of PAN: Art Nouveau Prints, 1895‒1900.To learn more about this exhibition, click here:
https://wcmfa.org/from-the-pages-of-pan-art-nouveau-prints-1895%e2%80%921900/\This WeekendArt is sponsored by Mr. Howard Kaylor