Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in "Chilperic"
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Toulouse-Lautrec was infatuated with the actress Marcelle Lender. When she starred in this operetta, he went to see her performance twenty times. Asked what was so special about her, he replied, "I come strictly in order to see Lender's back. Look carefully; you will seldom see anything as wonderful. Lender's back is sumptuous." Notice that what we get to see is her ample cleavage. The man in the red outfit on the right is the one ogling her backside. King Chilperic (on the left) seems to be enjoying the show too.

As for Marcelle Lender, she thought Toulouse-Lautrec a horrible man, and hated the painting.