A colourful head and shoulders print of a woman with red hair, laughing away from the viewer in a flamboyant manner. She has a mint green shawl and a blue detailed dress, with a red and pink headpiece. The print is outlined in a black rounded rectangle, and the background is a swirly yellow design.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Bust of Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender, 1895, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Bust of Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Marcelle Lender was an actress and dancer; Toulouse-Lautrec was captivated by her red hair and flamboyant manner. He depicted her multiple times. This lithographic portrait is one of his most technically sophisticated prints. Each of the eight colours required a separate stone and some of the dazzling tonal effects are achieved by layering one colour over another. The master printer would have used the small cross visible at upper right to accurately align each successive stone. 

You might also like

Virtual Tour

Enjoy a virtual stroll through each room of The Courtauld Gallery, as it was before it closed for its current major renovation....

Exhibitions

We have partnered with national and international museums and galleries so more audiences can engage with our collection. ...

See more collection highlights

Explore The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Explore
Two men sit across from each other at a table covered with a brown tablecloth, playing cards. Both men wear overcoats and hats, and the man on the left smokes a pipe. They sit inside a wooden building. i Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, around 1892-96, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Citations