|La Troupe de Mademoiselle Églantine, 1896. At far left, the artist's muse, Jane Avril, dances to the beat of a different drum.|
Monday, August 4, 2014
The risqué world of Toulouse-Lautrec: prints and posters
look at our current T-L offerings, which include a children's biography and an illustrated biography from the British Museum: "Along with Toulouse-Lautrec's iconic posters for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian establishments, the 43 reproductions include rarely seen and unusually intimate drawings and sketches from the artist's Elles series of women in their private quarters."
Another idiosyncratic Montmartre denizen whom T-L adored and painted often was Cha-U-Kao. A nude dancer, acrobat, and clown, she pretended to be Japanese—even sporting a topknot. This 1897 depiction is called La Clownesse au Moulin Rouge. (That nightclub must have been a boatload of fun!) At left, T-L embodies and parodies the rage for all things Japanese that was going on at the time. His distinctive signature emulates the circular seals of Japanese artists.
Read more Daily Glean background on Jane Avril here. My sampling of the paintings and sculptures at the Barnes Museum has loads of French art—including Toulouse-Lautrec's remarkably contemporary looking "Rosa." And finally, don't miss our book collections reproducing the artistic wonders of the Musée d'Orsay!