#FridayPainting: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec “Margot”

My Art Calendar painting for November 19, 2021 was a surprise. I would never have guessed that the artist was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. If Margot had been captured in one of his famous posters, I would have more easily identified the artist.


I was fascinated by Margot, and set out to find more. I discovered that Toulouse-Lautrec loved animals, They added much joy to his life, in part, because they accepted him without judgment. They did not see his physical deformities and inadequacies.

In 2007, Margot was sold for $712,000USD at a Sotheby’s auction.

Sotheby’s 2007 e-catalogue provided this information in the auction notes: “Margot was painted during Toulouse-Lautrec’s early years in Paris, when he began to challenge the dictates of his formal training.

This charming canine portrait is a wonderful example of his rebellion, as it parodies the seriousness of French academic painting and the formal photographic portraiture by his contemporaries including Nadar. The artist expresses the animal’s personality through the quick, energetic brushwork, and poses her at attention against a sedate blue background.”

16 Replies to “#FridayPainting: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec “Margot””

  1. Not in a million year would I have thought Toulouse-Lautrec.
    Rebecca, years ago I saw a Toulouse-Lautrec sketch in a friend’s home. It was the Massey mansion in Port Hope.
    Yes… the home of Charles Vincent Massey’s son. My friend was his granddaughter. (lots of stories)
    In the hallway, amid a gallery of small pieces, was a sketch by Toulouse-Lautrec. It was about 7″ by 11″… small, but I was impressed. It was done in pencil, and was one of his Can-Can girls. I still see it in my mind to this day!

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    1. What marvelous stories you have, Resa! I loved Raymond Massey’s portrayal of Citizen Chauvelin in the Scarlett Pimpernel. The more I read about Toulouse-Lautrec, the more I realize how brilliant he was. I just read that while he was in London, he met and befriended Oscar Wilde. Toulouse-Laurence became Oscar Wilde’s most vocal supporter when he faced imprisonment in Britain.

      As you said so eloquently – so many stories.

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      1. I know, stories galore!
        Raymond Massey was one of Vincent Massey’s sons, and the uncle of my friend.
        I’ve always liked his work.
        OMG! Why did they want to put Wilde in prison?

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  2. Sometimes surprises can be adorable; as is ‘Margot’…
    It must have been a relief to ‘flick’ that brush here and there in the production of this sweet painting. Such a deviation from his norm, Rebecca. Delightful

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    1. Yes – “a deviation from his norm” – an excellent way to describe this painting. Margot is a reminder that there are many elements to creativity. It was an absolute joy to view this painting because it allowed me to see a wider perspective into the life of Toulouse-Lautrec. Sending hugs across the ocean.

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      1. I love that – “it allowed me to see a wider perspective into the life of -”
        There is always so much more than the eye can see. A great reminder for us all.

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    1. I knew you would like this painting, Marina. Animals have a comforting spirit and a willingness to connect with humanity. I am not surprised that animals featured in many of Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings.


    1. She is indeed, Mandy! After reading a short bio of Toulouse-Laurence, I was happy to learn that animals gave him unqualified love and devotion. What a comfort that must have been for him.

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