And Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, as it turns out, is a wonderful observer of his time, in particular, of women and their fashions. Take a look at the insightful views into women of the 19th century by this famous French artist. Toulouse-Lautrec came from an affluent background but ended up striking friendships with people of all social groups. His portraits of women include high society as well as Parisian commoners and artists.
My favorite element of his work is his depictions of everyday life - we get such a close look at people's experiences and at the same time we can learn about what they wore. Below you will see colorful dresses, blouses, skirts, and coats. The paintings communicate the popular silhouette of narrower waist and the emphasis of oversized skirts and the wide hip.
During social events, women adhered to a fashion protocol of being well put together. Their look would include elaborate hats, small handbags, and gloves. At home, the look would be a little more relaxed. We can see blouses that allowed for more comfort.
Toulouse-Lautrec appreciated women and gives us a lovely insight into their lives.