Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901)
In Bed
c. 1896
Graphite and black chalk on laid paper
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Samuel Courtauld Bequest, 1948

Submerged in crumpled sheets, a woman lies in bed, barely awake. Only her face and stockinged feet are visible from beneath the bedclothes. Lautrec most likely drew the model — almost certainly a prostitute — from life. The slant of the model's gaze shows an awareness of the artist's presence and underscores the air of familiarity — indeed sympathy — with which Lautrec depicted society's outsiders.