Paper Icons: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrities of Paris


April 13, 2017, 6:30 pm

One of the most daring and creative printmakers of his generation, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated by the lavish entertainments and outré performers of fin-de-siècle Paris. His prints and posters immortalized the stars of the café, cabaret, and theater stage, and inspired an entirely new visual language that both thrilled and scandalized the public. Portland Art Museum Curator of Graphic Arts Mary Weaver Chapin explores Toulouse-Lautrec’s unique role in the rise of the poster and celebrity culture of Paris in the 1890s.