Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
(Feb 4–Apr 30, 2017)
Renée Maurer, associate curator of The Phillips Collection, introduces Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque.
The exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of iconic and rare prints and posters from nearly the entire period of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic career. The legendary French artist established his studio in Montmartre, a Paris neighborhood known for its freedom and nonconformity, and reveled in entertainments found at hot spots like the Chat Noir, the Mirliton, and the Moulin Rouge. His record of amusements fashioned a portrait of modern life that captured the bohemian spirit of the belle époque, a time of vitality and decadence in France.