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portrait of a girl inside a frame, looking to the left with a red scarf around her neck

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
France, 1864-1901
Portrait of a Girl, 1892
Oil on canvas
11 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000

In 1892, Toulouse-Lautrec received a commission to decorate a brothel in Paris on the rue d’Amboise. For that project, he painted imitations of eighteenth-century paneling that was inset with eighteen medallion-shaped portraits, many in profile, of the prostitutes available on the premises. The present painting is one of those portraits.