The Chestnut Vendor
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ( French, 1864 - 1901 )
This print presents a motley cast of characters gathering on a dark and damp city street: a man with ragged clothing, a little girl wrapped in a shawl, a black lapdog, a chic woman wearing an ostrich-plumed hat, and a man selling roasted chestnuts on the sidewalk. Typical of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s work, the figures represent different social types that cohabited the streets of Paris. Given the grittiness of the setting, the fashionable woman may be a denizen of Paris’s pleasure-seeking demi-monde (underworld), her flashy ensemble contrasting with those of the less fortunate on the sidewalk.
Nicole R. Myers, DMA label copy, 2017.
Driehaus Museum, Chicago
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Museum of Modern Art, New York
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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