Café and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris
Now through August 8, 2010
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Paris nightlifits cast of characters not simply backdrop for the main event.
In the new print show Café and Cabaret: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris, the dancers, artists, writers, and café owners of Montmartrethe Parisian neighborhood where Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked take center stage his . prints, paintings by his contemporaries Jean-Émile Laboureur, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Edouard Vuillard
ed. Bruantlooks slyly from under a broad hat, wrapped his , Steinlen’s Collection of the Chat Noir (1898), each at one end of the exhibit space. Steinlen’s poster with the airCafé and Cabaret invites visitors to explore
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The details he observed appear in the posters, from the s helping to identify , a singer he placed to the scrunched features and flowing gown typical of, performer, a poster from 1895, which bears her name as its title.
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The poster as an art form, gained popularity at the end of the 19th century, especially in Paris where posters by Toulouse-Lautrec covered walls and buildings the city. the artist’sWhen compared with works by his contemporaries, the exhibition highlights the unique way in which Toulouse-Lautrec used the poster format.
The museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs also opened an exhibition o the engravings, woodcuts, and etchings of Albrecht Dürer this past weekend as well: Albrecht Dürer: Virtuoso Printmaker. The show features some of Dürer’s most . According to Clifford Ackley, curator of the department and the exhibition, both Toulouse-Lautrec and Dürer were great observers of the world around them. Where Toulouse-Lautrec used color to express character and mood, Dürer used line and contrast to convey depth and emotion. The two shows serve as a complementary pair and a juxtaposition of technique.
Albrecht Dürer: Virtuoso Printmaker is on view