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Thu, 16 Feb 2017

Toulouse-Lautrec Reinterprets Degas

by Experiment Station
Taking inspiration from an artist he admired, Toulouse-Lautrec reinterpreted Edgar Degas’s Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs as a moment glimpsed from behind the scenes. He reversed the position of the singer and placed all of the action within the upper half of the composition.