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

The Milliner, Mlle Louise Blouet

Oil on wood, 61 x 49 cm
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi

The glittering world of fashion played a dominant role in Paris in the late nineteenth century. Through his friends, Lautrec was introduced to the milliners of the Rue de la Paix. They wanted to distract him from alcohol, but Lautrec was not drawn to the artificial world of fashion and the affected grace of the mannequins. Through his friend Adolphe Albert he was introduced to Renée Vert, who ran a hat shop, and it was only as a favour to her that he painted a few pictures set in the millinery milieu. This portrait shows Louise Blouet, one of her employees.