The streetwalker

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Keywords: streetwalker

Work Overview

The Streetwalker
Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Date: ca. 1890–91
Medium: Oil on cardboard
Dimensions: 25 1/2 x 21 in. (64.8 x 53.3 cm)

As early as 1901 the woman in this painting was identified as a streetwalker. Her name, however, has been lost to history; only the nickname La Casque d'Or (Golden Helmet), which refers to her wig, has survived. She sits in the garden of Monsieur Forest, Lautrec's neighbor in Montmartre.