Divan Japonais by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts.

Divan Japonais by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Divan Japonais by Impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was painted in 1893. An ardent observer of the contemporary scene, Toulouse-Lautrec designed many lithographed posters advertising Parisian nightlife. The Café du Divan Japonais featured exotic touches such as bamboo furniture and paper lanterns. Toulouse-Lautrec responded to the fanciful atmosphere by incorporating Japanese visual elements in Divan Japonais, such as asymmetrical composition and broad areas of color.

On the next page, see an Impressionist painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec that offers a look into Paris' Moulin Rouge.

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