THE PARISIAN NIGHTS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Paris in the late 19th century; bohemian life, artists of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge, theatres, prostitutes.
This is the environment in which Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) lived and which he decided to portray, becoming, this way, the most famous exponent of that period.
From April 1st 2017 a great exhibition in Verona celebrates the artistic journey of Toulouse-Lautrec, displaying 170 works coming from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens.
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Why should you go to Verona to visit this exhibition?
It’s easy, to discover the Parisian nights of an artist who lived hard.
5 feet tall, died a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday of syphilis and alcoholism, Toulouse-Lautrec became famous thanks to his advertising posters and portraits of famous people of that time.
Toulouse-Lautrec depicted the images of the Moulin Rouge and of Aristide Bruant and prostitutes in the maisons closes (brothels) where he had his studio.
The first four sections of the exhibition are dedicated to the Parisian nights.
One of the most well-known aspects of Toulouse-Lautrec’s artistic production is advertisement for nightclubs where Henri decided to highlight the names of the artists who performed on stage, with an innovative promotional intuition.
Toulouse-Lautrec is the real inventor of the star system in the modern meaning.
He made friends with Aristide Bruant (1851-1925), French cabaret-singer and comedian, and defined the figure of the singer through a series of prints and lithographs, by portraying him wearing a voluminous cape, a slouch hat and a red scarf around his neck. This image brought Aristide and Toulouse-Lautrec instant and unexpected fame.
The image of Yvette Guilbert (1868-1944), known as la Diseuse (the Teller), who went on stage with black gloves she wore up to her elbows is unforgettable.
Toulouse-Lautrec dedicated an album of lithographs and several drawings and engravings, to her.
Toulouse-Lautrec established a friendly relationship with Jane Avril (1868-1943), star of the Parisian cabaret, portraying her as a cultured and sophisticated woman while frequenting a café-concert on the poster Divan Japonais (Japanese Sofa) (1893), but also transported by the passion of her performance while dancing can can, together with other dancers in Troupe de Mlle Eglantine (Miss Eglantine’s Troop) (1896).
“No matter what the show is. I always feel fine at theatre”.
Toulouse-Lautrec. La Belle Époque
dal 1 aprile al 3 settembre 2017
AMO Arena Museo Opera – Palazzo Forti, Verona