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Yvette Gilber, singing “Linger, Longer, Loo” - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Oil, cardboard
In the 90s of the XIX century, one of the most popular cabaret actresses in Paris was the singer and narrator Yvette Hilbert (1867-1944). Every evening, crowds of fans gathered in Montmartre to listen to her songs. In a book of Memoirs published in 1927, Yvette Hilbert reveals his formula for success: To do shameless antics and demonstrate the vices of my listeners, turning them into themes of humorous songs and making them laugh at themselves.
Toulouse-Lautrec was one of her loyal fans. He was fascinated by her slender high camp and the famous black gloves that she wrote about: Black gloves are a symbol of sophistication that I can bring into this hooligan and a little simple atmosphere.
Toulouse-Lautrec is often written by Yvette Gilsber. He painted many paintings depicting his performances on stage. He shined her an entire album, which includes sixteen lithographs, published in 1894.
Yvetg Gilber Singing Linger, longer, loo this is a sketch for one of the lithographs from this album and, probably, the best of her portraits. Here the Toulouse-Lautrec technique becomes powerful and at the same time harmonious and simple. A few strokes of the brush is enough to convey the essence of the singer. The fact that the drawing is done on cardboard also plays an important role. Using diluted paints, Lautrec draws a portrait, and after drying the cardboard, he pours the oil contained in the paint onto it - and only the outlines remain on the surface. This technique leads to the illusion of the real presence of the model, which is felt by the viewer looking at the picture. Eyes, as if blinded by the light of the ramp, and the movement of thin lips let down by lipstick, as if immerse the viewer in the atmosphere of the popular English song Linger, longer, loo.