Amédée Tapié de Céleyran, 1883
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
charcoal on laid paper
63.2 x 47.3 cm
Gift of Mrs. Samuel Bronfman, O.B.E., Westmount, Quebec, 1973, in honour of her late husband, Mr. Samuel Bronfman, C.C., LL.D.
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17587)
Made in the summer of 1882, this portrait of Amédée Tapié de Céleyran is one of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec's youthful works, which include dozens of portraits of family members. The full-length depiction makes it an exception in the series, since all of the other portrayals are busts.
After laying in the figure with broad strokes, Toulouse-Lautrec hatched the shadows, then stumped them to create shading. He rendered the back of the chair on which his subject is leaning by rubbing away the pigment with an eraser, a procedure he also used for the reflections on the face and neck and for the hat brim.