Last night was the preview for the new Toulouse-Lutrec exhibition at the Grand Palais. The last French retrospective of the artist was in 1992. Countless exhibitions have explored the connections in the works of Toulouse-Lautrec to «Montmartre culture», which he concurrently chronicled and criticised. Lautrec never positioned himself as an accuser of urban vices and decadent affluence. By his birth, training and life choices, he saw himself rather as a pugnacious and comical interpreter, terribly human in the sense of Daumier or Baudelaire, of a freedom that needs to be better understood by contemporary audiences.
From the the mid- 1880s he transformed his naturalism style into a more incisive and caustic style. Space and time be it life and death and the evolution there of were a strong interest to him. For more information:
Exhibition produced by the musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais with the exceptional support of the ville Albi city and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. Exhibition produced with the exceptional assistance of the Bibliothèque