Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Jane Avril, 1893
Color lithograph (before letters) 1240 x 915 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Eldorado, Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret, 1892
Color lithograph, 1380 x 960 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Divan Japonais, 1893 Color lithograph, 808 x 608 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Study of Y. Guilbert (I) Linger, Longer, Loo, 1894
Ink drawing, 107 x 163 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
La Troupe de Mademoiselle Églantine, 1896
Color lithograph, 617 x 804 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901)
Chocolat Dansant, Le Rire, 1896
Color lithograph, 240 x 214 mm
© Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum

September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec enjoyed the spectacle, the night life, and the tawdry side of Belle Époque Paris. Best known for his art portraying the café-concert and the entertainers who performed there, this exhibition explores how Toulouse-Lautrec used portraiture to comment on the absurdity and excess of Bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the century. The show examines the relationship between portraiture, caricature, and rise of the cult of celebrity in the late 19th century, while focusing on the artist’s portraits of entertainers who became icons of the Parisian nightlife.

Featuring 100 drawings, prints, and posters, the exhibition showcases the artist’s satirical portraits of stage personalities like Sarah Bernhardt, Jane Avril, and Arstide Bruant alongside those of his friends and family. 

A cell phone audio guide will be available.

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Curators and Sponsors

In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum, a single source exhibition provided by PAN Art Connections Inc. www.pan-art-connections.com, is organized by the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut. The works are on loan from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece (www.herakleidon-art.gr). The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, featuring a scholarly essay by the curator Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and former Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum (2015-2016), acknowledgments by Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, and a foreword by Paul Firos, founder of the Herakleidon Museum.

In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum is sponsored by 

Connecticut Office of the Arts

The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund

Sylvia & Leonard Marx, Jr.

And a Committee of Honor chaired by

Lucy and Dick Glasebrook
Jan Kniffen and Kathleen Metinko
Bob and Gale Lawrence
Simone McEntire
Ann and RJ Vassiliou 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) Au Concert, 1896 Color lithograph (before letters), 320 x 252 mm © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Related Programs

In addition to the Bruce Museum’s regularly scheduled adult tours, school programs, and hands-on in-gallery family activities, special public programming to complement this exhibition will include lecture and film series outlined below. The show will also be a focus for visitors of special groups including the Museum’s Lifetime of Looking program for guests with memory loss, and our community partner program through Abilis for visitors with developmental disabilities.

Image:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Au Concert, 1896. Color lithograph (before letters), 320 x 252 mm. © Copyright Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Afternoon and Evening Art Lectures

September 24, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Curator’s Talk. The Life and Art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec by exhibition curator Mia Laufer, PhD candidate, Washington University, Saint Louis. Registration required; limited seating. Reservations at brucemuseum.org/site/events. Bruce Museum members free; nonmembers $10 (includes Museum admission).

October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Evening Art Lecture. Toulouse-Lautrec and the Culture of Celebrity by Jay Clarke, PhD, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Clark Art Institute Dr. Clarke will consider how the culture of celebrity fueled Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. The entertainment industry in turn-of-the-century Paris was a subject of great interest for artists and entrepreneurs. Toulouse-Lautrec, more than any of his contemporaries, was able to capture and market this imagery to a broad audience hungry for images of Montmartre nightlife. Reception and open galleries at 6:00 pm; Lecture begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Advance registration by October 9 at brucemuseum.org/site/events: Museum members free, nonmembers $15. At the door: Museum members $10, nonmembers $25.

November 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Evening Art Lecture. Art Nouveau and the Cinema by Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fisher will consider the vision of woman in Art Nouveau discourse, which was considered a highly “feminine” style. She will focus on the films of the era that incorporated elements of Art Nouveau into their design, narrative, and portrayal of women. Reception and open galleries at 6:00 pm; Lecture begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Advance registration by November 7 at brucemuseum.org/site/events: Museum members free, nonmembers $15. At the door: Museum members $10, nonmembers $25.

 

Monday Morning Lecture Series
Members free, nonmembers $10 (includes Museum admission). Galleries will be open for 1 hour following each lecture. Registration required; limited seating. Reservations at brucemuseum.org/site/events

Monday, October 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Allegorical Satires from the Late Second Empire
Maxime Valsamas, PhD candidate in Art History, Washington University, St. Louis, will focus primarily on Honoré Daumier’s use of allegorical satires to comment on French politics and crises on the European continent in the late 1860s and 1870s. 

Monday, October 16, 10:00 – 11:00 am. From the Asylum to the Opera: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Last Works in Context
Cora Michael, PhD, will talk about some of the very last paintings ever created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Made during a period of extreme personal crisis, these works offer insight into the role art played as a means of self-expression and salvation.

Monday, October 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am. "Yvette Guilbert": A Fin-de-Siècle Collaborative Album
Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will speak about the “Yvette Guilbert” album as an object created through the individual and overlapping aesthetic and social concerns of Toulouse-Lautrec and his collaborators.

Monday, October 30, 10:00 – 11:00 am. Celebrity in Full Color: Posters, Prints, and Drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec 
Laura Kalba, Associate Professor of Art, Smith College, will explore how working at the intersection of popular commercial culture and high art, Toulouse-Lautrec simultaneously contributed to and challenged the myth of Paris as a city filled with beauty, music, and countless other sensory delights.

 

Wednesday Morning Film Series October 25; November 1, 8, 15, 10:30 – 11:30 am.
Registration required at brucemuseum.org/site/events; limited seating. Free to members, nonmembers $10 (includes museum admission). 

The Great Artists: The Post-Impressionists
This film series chronicles the lives, times and works of the men whose genius has captivated the art world for generations. Informative and entertaining, the series highlights important events in each artist's life, explores their stylistic trademarks, and provides detailed explanations of their techniques. The Great Artists also features expert commentary and analyses from leading authorities, art historians and scholars, and new location footage. The programs in this series feature an in-depth look at the Post-Impressionists.
Wednesday, October 25: Paul Cézanne 
Wednesday, November 1: Paul Gauguin 
Wednesday, November 8: Vincent Van Gogh 
Wednesday, November 15: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec