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

Mademoiselle Cocyte in "La Belle Hélène"

Watercolour and pencil on paper, 620 x 480 mm
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi

The sick Lautrec spent the winter of 1900/1901 in Bordeaux, where he visited the Grand Théâtre and painted scenes from Isidore de Lara's opera "Messaline" and Jacques Offenbach's operetta "La Belle Hélène." We know from a letter to his Parisian friend Joyant, however, that he was not enamoured of the actress playing the beautiful Hélène: "Hélène is played by a fat sow called Cocyte."

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