Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando)  1888

by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

This work, set at a circus, captures the tense moment in which a female trick rider prepares to stand up on her horse and leap through a paper hoop held by a clown. The horse gathers speed, spurred on by the whip of famous ringmaster Monsieur Loyal. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec may have based the garishly made-up rider, dressed in a tutu of gauze and sequins, on Suzanne Valad...
39 1/2 × 63 1/2 in. (100.3 × 161.3 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago