ToLose-Low-trec

NB: Nail to be placed on wall at 120 cm from floor.

tolose low trec

 

 

1973

mixed technique 40x32x5 cm

Dedicated to the only extant Toulouse-Lautrec self-portrait

 

 

 

 

 

A simple, empty frame, to be placed 1.20m from the floor. The frame’s dimensions – 40x32x5cm - are the same as the only existing self-portrait by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901), the French painter, printmaker, and illustrator, reached only 1.54m in adulthood.

He suffered a congenital health condition, attributed to inbreeding, developing an adult-sized torso whilst retaining child-sized legs.

If this is his self-portrait, we lose his image, but we recover the imagination.

‘Consistence is the last refuge of the unimaginative.’
                                                               Oscar Wilde