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Marcel Lender dancing in Chilperic - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 145x150
Parisian theater life at the end of the 19th century was in its heyday, and this could not but interest Toulouse-Lautrec. In the capital's theaters, the artist meets real stars: Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) and Marcel Lender (1863-1927). The owners of theaters order posters and programs for future performances from him. But Lautrec naturally likes to paint portraits of actors or portray their play on stage.
Marcel Lender dancing in Chilperic - One of the best paintings on this subject. The dance performed by the actress is depicted with photographic accuracy, every gesture, mood, play of light is caught.
Gusty expressive touches allow Lautrec to convey the liveliness of the actress's dance. The scenery is minimized, other figures on the stage hardly move - all this further emphasizes the rhythm of the movements of Marseille. The lack of perspective, outlined in this case only with the help of stage boards, enhances the illusion of the presence of Marcel Lender among the audience.
Toulouse-Lautrec once again turns to Degas technique and uses the effect of artificial lighting coming from the stage ramp, but does it for a different purpose. Lighting effects allow Lautrec to make the image somewhat caricatured. The face of Marseille is not just emphasized, but also distorted. In fact, we do not see a face, but a mask. For the artist, changing the image becomes a prerequisite for his work. In this sense, Marcel Leder dancing in Chilperic is a deliberate attempt to use irony and satire in the visual arts. The palette of the picture is not typical for Lautrec. Blue and green are mixed with purple and pink, they emphasize the atmosphere of the performed bolero.