Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge

Toulouse-Lautrec is the National Gallery of Australia’s next summer exhibition and will run from 14 December 2012 to 2 April 2013. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints.

Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. The exhibition will shed new light on Toulouse-Lautrec through an examination of his involvement in Parisian culture—the high life and the low life.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge (La Goulue entrant au Moulin-Rouge) 1891-92 oil on cardboard, 79.4 x 59.0 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy

The exhibition will trace Toulouse-Lautrec’s career from his earliest works to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the café-concerts, the brothels and theatres. This he did in an insightful way, capturing the essence of his Parisian characters and haunts. Toulouse-Lautrec’s subject matter was to become thoroughly modern and he became an influential figure in the evolution of the art of the twentieth century.

Lautrec’s art is not well represented in Australian collections and this is an opportunity for audiences to Canberra to see an extensive and thorough examination of Toulouse-Lautrec’s art drawn from many collections, both public and private. The exhibition will include important loans from major international institutions such as the Musée de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; El Museo de arte Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid; the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and the Tate, London and many others.

Tickets will be on sale through Ticketek in September 2012

Contacts: General information +61 2 6240 6411

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