Artwork of the Week: June 27

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), The Jockey, lithograph in six colors, 1899. 20 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. Works on Paper Gallery, in the exhibition Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), The Jockey, lithograph in six colors, 1899. 20 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. Works on Paper Gallery, in the exhibition Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

Created two years before Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s early death at age 36, this lithograph is a testament to the artist’s expressive skill. He expertly conveys the speed and power of the horses thundering around the Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris. Horseracing was a fashionable pastime in turn-of-the-century Paris, and artists like Lautrec and Degas were attracted to the motion, color, and spectacle of the event. Lautrec has incorporated the viewer into his image by suggesting the vantage point of another jockey in the race. You can imagine yourself vying to catch up with and pass the two horses and their jockeys in front of you.


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