At the Circus: The Dog Trainer

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Chalk drawing of two men and dogs in a circus ring

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) 
At the Circus: The Dog Trainer, 1899
Black and color chalks, over graphite, on white wove paper
14 x 9 15/16 in. (35.5 x 25.3 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1427

This circus scene, along with At the Circus: Acrobats, belongs to a large group of drawings that Toulouse-Lautrec made from memory while he was recuperating in a medical clinic from alcoholism and a mental breakdown. The attenuated bodies and expressive gestures of the figures reveal the artist’s undiminished mastery of line.


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