Georges-Henri Manuel in the Studio, 1891
Gouache on cardboard, 88 x 51 cm
Signed, inscribed & dated lower right: à G. H. Manuel HTLautrec 91
Dortu P. 377
The portrait of the writer Georges-Henri Manuel in 1891 reveals a great transformation in Lautrecs style. Purely painterly composition is abandoned in favour of a graphic design done in black and brown with the crayon, enlivened by turquoise-green and carmine-red. The lithographer Lautrec is announcing himself; this is obvious, too, in the characterization, which verges on caricature. There was something frightening and grotesque about these tall slender gentlemen for the dwarfish Lautrec his subjects great height being still more emphasized by the top hat. The influence of the admired Degas is obvious. The subject gives the effect of a brother of Count Lepic in the "Place de la Concorde" and of Mary Cassatt leaning on her umbrella in the famous etching "Au Louvre".