Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Australia
The National Gallery of Australia is presenting Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge. This is an exhibition with over 100 paintings, posters and drawings. Work of 30 international collections are brought together: the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum (Albi, France), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK), Tate Gallery (London, UK) and the Thyssen Bornemisza (Madrid, Spain).
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter in the late 1800s. His post-impressionist work represent the colourful and theatrical life of Paris. Toulouse-Lautrec’s iconic works are extremely rare. This because the man died at the age of 37. During the exhibition work that wasn’t revealed before is now on show.
The exhibition will trace Toulouse-Lautrec’s career from his earliest works to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the café-concerts, the brothels and theatres. This he did in an insightful way, capturing the essence of his Parisian characters and haunts. Toulouse-Lautrec’s subject matter was to become thoroughly modern and he became an influential figure in the evolution of the art of the twentieth century.
The exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge will run until 2 April 2013.