Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901)
Woman Reclining — Waking Up, from Elles, 1896
Lithograph printed in gray on cream wove paper
15 13/16 x 20 5/8 in. (40.2 x 52.4 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.110
Here the rectangle of the sheet serves as the shape of a bed. From underneath a heap of disheveled bedclothes suggested by a nearly abstract pattern of undulating lines, the shaded, profiled head of a woman and a lax arm emerge. Through a half-opened eye, she regards the viewer/artist and presumed client with an air of familiarity.