Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Paris by night

Jan. 28, 2006 – June 5, 2006 Deze tentoonstelling is afgelopen
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The Kunsthal is staging a spectacular exhibition of the work of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Over 300 lithographs, posters, paintings, gouaches and drawings are to adorn the Kunsthal. His work for Moulin Rouge and Aristide Bruant are regarded as fin-de-siècle icons. The Kunsthal will be showing Toulouse-Lautrec's complete graphic work. Included in the collection are several drawings and a few paintings from private collections and from various museums. Of special interest are Toulouse-Lautrec's private letters, on show for the very first time.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was an eccentric aristocrat. He left for Paris at the age of 18 to immerse himself in the art of painting - and the nightlife - of the city. Montmartre, then a breeding ground for artists, became his regular berth. Cafés, cabaret, the circus and the racecourses became the subjects of his light-hearted images. He drew his inspiration from the provocative women he met in brothels, theatres and dancing halls. These suggestive themes are recurrent throughout his Paris oeuvre. Lautrec painted big, bright patches of colour and intense black contours. His experiments with multicoloured lithographs are renowned, sometimes going through eight stages. For all that, he had the ability to portray his subjects using simple and clear designs. These multicoloured lithographs made him famous in wide circles, and still to this day his influence on other artists is overwhelming.

The complete graphic oeuvre of Toulouse-Lautrec

Lautrec met Vincent van Gogh in 1887 in Montmartre, Paris' artistic district. Both shared an interest in the Japanese art of woodcutting. While Van Gogh used this source of inspiration in a serious fashion, Toulouse-Lautrec applied the Japanese compositions to his paintings and posters with considerable humour.

01 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1893 - LR.jpg
18 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Reune de Joie, 1892 - LR.jpg
Zaaloverzicht - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Kunsthal Rotterdam - LR.jpg