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Toulouse-Lautrec's studio
Paris, France

  • February 28, 1888 - February 19, 1888

Vincent met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) while studying at Fernand Cormon’s studio, and the two men became friends. Toulouse-Lautrec’s studio was on the corner of Rue Tourlaque and Rue Calaincourt, near Vincent and Theo’s flat. Vincent often went to the weekly artists’ gatherings Toulouse-Lautrec held at his home. The artist Suzanne Valadon (1865–1938), Toulouse-Lautrec’s lover, recalled:

“Ik herinner me dat Van Gogh naar onze wekelijkse bijeenkomsten kwam bij Lautrec. Hij arriveerde met een zwaar doek onder zijn arm, zette het in een hoek neer, maar wel goed in het licht, en wachtte tot we hem wat aandacht gaven. Niemand merkte hem op. Hij ging tegenover ons zitten, de blikken peilend, nauwelijks deelnemend aan het gesprek. Dan kreeg hij er genoeg van en vertrok met zijn nieuwste werk. Maar de week daarna kwam hij terug en begon het hele ritueel weer van voren af aan.” 

Though little is known about the friendship between Vincent and Toulouse-Lautrec, they must have worked together intensively in the early months of 1887. When Vincent left Paris in February 1888, he probably wrote to Toulouse-Lautrec once from Arles, but as far as is known, Toulouse-Lautrec never replied, and there was no further correspondence. The friendship was by no means over, however. In July 1890, when Vincent was living in Auvers-sur-Oise and paid a visit to his brother in Paris, Toulouse-Lautrec came to see him, and they had a good time together. After Vincent's death, Toulouse-Lautrec wrote to Theo that Vincent had been a good friend of his. 

In 1888, probably on Vincent's advice, Theo bought Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting Young Woman at a Table, ‘Poudre de riz’. It is now in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. 

literature

Nienke Bakker
Van Gogh et Montmartre
Bruxelles, 2011

Françoise Cachin and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov
Van Gogh à Paris
Parijs, 1988

Ella Hendriks and Louis van Tilborgh
Vincent van Gogh schilderijen, deel 2: Antwerpen en Parijs
Amsterdam, 2011

 
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