Monday Morning Lecture Series: Toulouse-Lautrec
Dr. Cora Michael
From the Asylum to the Opera: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Last Works in Context
This lecture is being offered in conjunction with the Bruce Museum's exhibition: In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum (on view September 23, 2017—January 7, 2018).
About the Lecture:
This talk examines some of the very last paintings ever created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec -- in particular, a series of six canvases devoted to the opera Messalina, which Lautrec saw in Bordeaux in 1900. These paintings, along with a set of circus drawings made while convalescing in a sanatorium and his final painting of a medical school exam, are discussed in light of the artist’s career-long interest in performers (especially women) and entertainment. Made during a period of extreme personal crisis for Lautrec, these works offer insight into the role art played as a means of self-expression and salvation.
About the Speaker:
Cora Michael received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and has worked as a curator at Princeton University, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. She has published numerous articles on French nineteenth-century prints and drawings, and has organized various exhibitions on subjects ranging from Toulouse-Lautrec to contemporary photography. She recently decided to switch careers and become an independent fine art appraiser.
Reservations and admission:
Advance registration required as seating is limited. Museum members free; non-members $10 (includes Museum admission). Museum galleries will be open for one hour following this lecture. Be sure to sign in to receive your member discount.