May Milton

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 - 1901

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe

Date:
1895

Medium:
Color lithograph (poster)

Dimensions:
Image and sheet: 30 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (78.1 x 59.7 cm) Mount: 33 3/8 x 25 1/4 inches (84.8 x 64.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2003-98-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Lucy and Arnold Broido, 2003

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Toulouse-Lautrec's bold poster designs secured lasting fame for an assortment of raffish café-concert performers in the Montmartre area of Paris, including May Milton, an English music hall refugee who was engaged by the Moulin Rouge for a single season. The poster captures her off-kilter attractions: pale skin, red hair, a double-jointed leg wrenched out from under the skirt of a little girl's white dress, revealing a glimpse of a red-patterned lining. Unlike the artist's posters for other performers, which were advertisements for Parisian nightspots, May Milton's was created to promote an upcoming tour of the United States that may have never taken place.