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.”