At the Nouveau Cirque: The Dancer and the Five Stiff Shirts
Au Nouveau Cirque: La Clownesse et les cinq Plastrons
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 - 1901
Made in Paris, France, Europe Date:
Watercolor and opaque watercolor, oil paint and graphite on wove paperDimensions:
Sheet: 50 3/4 x 37 inches (128.9 x 94 cm)Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and PhotographsObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 1939
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This drawing is a study for a stained-glass window (now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris) that was executed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for the merchant Siegfried Bing's L'Art Nouveau gallery in 1895. It shows an elegant Parisian lady attending an 1892 performance of the Japanese-style revue Papa Chrysanthemum at the Nouveau Cirque in Paris.
Galerie Tanner, Zurich; Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, probably by 1913 ; Dr. Schweizer, Berlin, by 1932 ; sale, [Schweizer], Paul Cassirer, Berlin, October 20, 1932, no.139 ; purchased by Hans Arnhold, Berlin and Paris ; sold to Paul Graupe & Cie, Paris, by 1939 ; sold to Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, by March 1939; sold to PMA, 1939.
1. Published by Gustave Coquiot (Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1913), who credits most of the works reproduced to the Bernheim-Jeune collection. Exhibited at the Galerie Matthiesen, Berlin in 1924 as "Collect. B., Paris."
2. Information from Paul Graupe; see note .
3. Listed as "Collection of Dr. S., Berlin."
4. Arnhold was a banker who emigrated from Nazi Germany to Paris in the 1930's with his art collection. His collection was seized by the ERR in 1940-41, after he had sold this painting.
5. A letter dated March 14, 1939, from Paul Graupe (registrar file) states that he purchased the painting from Hans Arnhold and sold it to Marie Harriman Gallery. This letter is also the source for the Galerie Tanner, Bernheim-Jeune, and Schweizer information.