Toulouse-Lautrec lithographs in the Museum of Fine Arts
Posted by Ágnes Taraszovics · Apr 21, 2014

New exhibition opens on April 30 to showcase a rich selection of the French post-impressionist painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s artworks from his last ten years.

The exhibition which presents a selection of the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings opens on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).The showing has more than 200 lithographs (included numerous lithographs of which small number of copies were printed (12-25), numbered and signed by the artist, sometimes with dedicated panel) and 10 large-sized poster next to their two drawing and one painting. This collection is complemented by five posters that the Albertina Museum (Vienna) has lent to Museum of Fine Arts.In addition to the presented posters and cover plans, contemporary photos, motion pictures and sound recordings born around 1900 revive the "belle époque" of Paris. The works in the exhibition are arranged in eight thematic groups:

  1. The characteristic figures of the Parisian nights, with the appearance of the most important locations of the entertainment industry of that era: music cafés, dance halls and cabarets.
  2. The stars of the firs thematic group. Just to mention the most populars: Aristide Bruant, Jane Avril, Yvette Guilbert.
  3. A separate chapter is devoted to the theatrical-themed works: posters, cast lists, and scenes depicting the stage and the audience.
  4. The theme of brothels with These Ladies in the Refectory , the only oil painting by Lautrec that the museum owns. This section includes the series of Elles (Girls), which depicts intimate moments from the world of the brothel with unusual empathy.
  5. Lautrec’s music covers.
  6. Horse race themed sheets.
  7. The among friends section comtains artorks he executed on commission from his friends or which have more personal inspirations.
  8. Finally the last part of the exhibition will present the birth of the Lautrec collection at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see these lithographs is a unique opportunity, becausesuch large-scaleLautrec collection has been exhibited only once in Budapest. And also because the presented rich selection allows comprehensive overview of graphic works of Toulouse-Lautrec in both thefunctionand thethematic regard.

Date: 30 April 2014 - 25 August 2014

Address: Museum of Fine Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41 (The left side of Heroes’ Square)

Price: 2400 Huf (in case of advance booking)

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