OIL PAINTING: Divan Japonais, 1892–93
Japanese printmaking had a very pervasive influence on Toulouse- Lautrec style - Divan Japonais. For Toulouse Lautrec movement and forms were important. His compositions, unusual perspectives and the use of large areas of flat color are undoubtedly inspired by Japanese prints.
It is not only the form of his designs. It is the same environment in which both Toulouse- Lautrec paintings and the art of the great Ukiyo-e artists were created: The world of the pleasure quarters, restaurants, actors, theaters and brothels. And it is this same world out of which the commissions came - prints and posters as an advertising medium for theater plays or newly opened tea houses, respectively bars.