- Title: Paris mounts first Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in three decades
- Date: 4th October 2019
- Summary: PAINTING "WOMAN WITH A BLACK BOA" (1892) ART CRITIC AND ADVISOR TO MUSEE D'ORSAY, STEPHANE GUEGAN, SPEAKING ABOUT TOULOUSE-LAUTREC PAINTING "WOMAN IN THE GARDEN OF MONSIEUR FOREST" (1889-1891) GUEGAN LOOKING AT PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (French) ART CRITIC AND ADVISOR TO MUSEE D'ORSAY, STEPHANE GUEGAN, SAYING: "Lautrec is undeniably modern because of the way he transformed the language of painting. It's a more dynamic painting, more intense, and also by his choice of subjects. He's someone who lets in modern life with automobiles, bicycles... and I would even say that with the manner in which time accelerated from the 1880s and 1890s, you can see all this in his paintings and he galvanises it." VARIOUS OF PAINTING "AT THE CIRCUS FERNANDO, THE RIDER" (1887-1888) VARIOUS OF PAINTING "MOULIN DE LA GALETTE" (1889) VARIOUS OF PAINTING "JUSTINE DIEUHL" (1891) (SOUNDBITE) (French) ART CRITIC AND ADVISOR TO MUSEE D'ORSAY, STEPHANE GUEGAN, SAYING: "Not only did Lautrec let in cabaret life, Paris by night, the Paris of pleasures, prostitutes, music, in his painting but he lived all of it. He's one of the rare artist to have experienced what he portrays. When people say he was a chronicler of the 'Belle Epoque' they are wrong, he painted his world. The world of pleasures, the world of brothels, because he was well known to the girls, as we used to say. And his painting not only strikes us by its vitality and intensity but by the proximity it establishes with its subject." PAINTING "JEANNE WENZ" (1886) PAINTINGS AT EXHIBITION (SOUNDBITE) (French) ART CRITIC AND ADVISOR TO MUSEE D'ORSAY, STEPHANE GUEGAN, SAYING: "I don't know if we can say that he was the Instagrammer of his time but it's clear that he truly understood what photography brought to the world of images. He brought in and even preceded certain photographic and cinematographic effects, which would only be completed in the 20th century. He lived surrounded by photographers, some of his friends were professional photographs. And everyone knows this, but the exhibition shows it too, he loved to use the game of photography to dress up, like a board game, but one which told the truth through the mask."
- Embargoed: 18th October 2019 13:34
- Keywords: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec French painter Post-Impressionism retrospective of Toulouse-Lautrec
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA004AZOMAU1
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- Story Text:An exhibition showing the works of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famed for his portrayal of Paris's cafes, brothels and cabarets at the end of the nineteenth century, opens next week in the French capital.
It is the first Parisian retrospective of Toulouse-Lautrec, considered one of the most influential Post-Impressionists, in three decades and the organizers aim to give the public a more broad view of the painter's short career.
Toulouse-Lautrec captured the bohemian Parisian nightlife of the 1890s and immersed himself in it. Inspired by the nascent art of photography, he adapted an unconventional style with his portraits.
Born in Albi in 1864, Toulouse-Lautrec spent most of his life in Paris. He died in 1901, leaving behind between 700 and 800 paintings, 300 lithographs and 40 posters.
He notably painted posters for the Moulin Rouge, the French cabaret famous for its high-kicking cancan dancers and flesh-exposing ostrich feather costumes, which first opened its doors to audiences exactly 130 years ago.
The Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the Paris's Grand Palais runs from Oct. 9 to Jan. 27.
(Production: Thierry Chiarello, Noemie Olive and Martin Esposito)
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