PARIS (Reuters) – An exhibition showing the works of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famous for portraying Paris' cafes, brothels and cabarets in the late 19th century, opens next week in the French capital.
Visitors see a painting "Bois Sacre Parody" by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, 1884 "during a press visit to the resolutely modern" Toulouse-Lautrec Resolument moderne "exhibition by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864) -1901), which portrayed characters from Paris cafes, brothels and cabarets at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris, France, on October 4, 2019. REUTERS / Charles Platiau
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 broader view of the painter's short career.
"We wanted to show off works that were not on display during the last retrospective in 1991, especially the first and the last," said art critic Stephane Guegan.
"The early works (not shown at the time) because they are viewed as very academic, which is a mistake, and the last works because they are considered bad, which is another mistake," added Guegan, also a consultant at the Musée d & # 39; Orsay.
"I think with this exhibition, the public will have the opportunity to reevaluate their work as a whole."
Toulouse-Lautrec captured the Parisian bohemian nightlife of the 1890s and plunged into it. Inspired by the nascent art of photography, he adapted an unconventional style with his portraits.
“He understood what photography brought to the world of images. It mattered and was sometimes ahead of certain photographic effects that really wouldn't be used before the twentieth century, ”said Guenan, adding that Toulouse-Lautrec had many friends among photographers.
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 painted posters for the Moulin Rouge, the French cabaret famous for its kicked cancan dancers and meat-exposed ostrich feather costumes, which first opened its doors to the public exactly 130 years ago.
The Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the Grand Palais de Paris runs from October 9 to January 27.
Report by Thierry Chiarello and Martin Esposito; Written by Benoit Van Overstraeten Editing by Christian Lowe and Angus MacSwan
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