by Cathy P. Ross
Mar 8, 2013
12:07 PMCulture Cat
"Divan Japonais" (1893), Henri de Toulouse-Laurec's lithographed poster advertising the Café du Divan Japonais in Paris.
The New Britain Museum of American Art has expanded its focus to host Toulouse-Lautrec & His World, a showcase of rarely seen works by the French post-Impressionist.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec grew up in an aristocratic family but is best known for his revealing depictions of Paris’ seedy underbelly, especially the brothels, cabarets, theaters and dance halls he frequented in Montmartre. After his lithographed poster for the Moulin Rouge featuring cancan dancer La Goulue brought him fame, he continued to create promotional posters for local entertainers and clubs, and is credited for elevating advertising lithography to high art.
The exhibit features 150 works on paper, including a dozen of Toulouse-Lautrec’s iconic posters and 35 sketches. Four bronzes by Toulouse-Lautrec contemporary Edgar Degas will also be on display to complement Toulouse-Lautrec’s watercolors, drawings and lithographs. Related lectures, films and music are also scheduled.
For more information, call (860) 229-0257 or visit nbmaa.org.Belle Epoque