(b. 1864, Albi, d. 1901, Château Malromé, Langon)

The Laundress

Oil on canvas, 93 x 75 cm
Private collection

The more orthodox and darker oil-painting style, with smoother surface, which can be seen in the portrayal of Lautrec's models at this time, can be attributed to the influence of Léon Bonnat, Lautrec's teacher. For instance, he painted a whole series of studies of the red-haired Carmen Gaudin, and an important picture entitled The Laundress. What interested Lautrec most in this working-class girl was her worn-out body and her expression of dull rawness, unfalsified by any kind of education.