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1899
JANE AVRIL : the last poster Lautrec made for his friend. After Lautrec’s death, Jane Avril became an actress and played Ibsen and Colette. Later she got married, and lost her husband in 1926. Ruined by 1930, she spent the rest of her days in an old people’s home in Jouy-en-Josas. She died in 1943. In her memoirs, she says: “It is more than certain that I owe him the celebrity I have enjoyed since his first poster of me”.
 
1900
LA GITANE (The Gipsy) : “La Gitane” (The Gipsy) was a Jean Richepin play produced at the Antoine theatre by ravishing actress Marthe Mellot, Alfred Athis’ wife. At the theatre’s request, Lautrec made a poster featuring the actress.
 
1900
AU BAL DES ETUDIANTS (At the Students’ Ball) : Lautrec spent his winter in Bordeaux. Local art dealer and framer Imberti, a great admirer of the impressionists, lent the artist a studio. Here, he painted portraits and made an illustration for the students’ Ball. This was the only poster Lautrec didn’t make into a lithograph, instead choosing to produce it in fac-simile from the original drawing.
 
1896
ELLES (They) : Lautrec was in the habit of going for long stays in brothels. He had a way with the residents, who called him Mr. Henri. He was not judgemental and always treated the women, as is only proper, as human beings. On his return, he strolled unrestrainedly around the establishments, sketching, painting, observing life in this world cut off from society where, to relieve the boredom, people talked, played cards, even knitted. “Elles” (They) is a testimony, a report, an homage to the rue des Moulins girls.
 
1892
AMBASSADEURS – ARISTIDE BRUANT ET SON CABARET (Ambassadors – Aristide Bruant and his Cabaret) : unfinished work.
 
1894
YVETTE GUILBERT : unfinished work.
 
1898
LE PAPIER “JOB” – SOLDAT ANGLAIS FUMANT SA PIPE (The “Job” Paper – English Soldier Smoking his Pipe) : unfinished work.

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