Miss Loie Fuller, 1894
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
lithograph heightened with watercolour and gold ink on wove paper
38.1 x 25.6 cm sheet trimmed to image at t., r., and l.; image: 36.5 x 25.1 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18805)
The American dancer Loie Fuller captivated Paris with her innovative dance performances incorporating coloured stage lights and flowing silk dresses and scarves. As one critic wrote: “she can scarcely be seen through the haze of fabric that surrounds her,” a sensation that Toulouse-Lautrec captures in this remarkable lithograph. The lack of figuration is unusual for the artist, as is the application of watercolour and gold ink to convey the luminous and fluctuating quality of Fuller’s movements.