Monday, February 10, 2014

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1800-1910


Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV) November 2 2013 - January 19, 2014

Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH) February 8 2014 - May 18 2014

Foothills Art Center (Golden, CO)June 7 2014- August 17 2014

Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) September 6 2014- November 16 2014

Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL) December 5 2014- January 11, 2015

Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA) January 31 2015 - April 26 2015

Arlington Museum of Art (Arlington, TX) May 16 2015 - August 16 2015

Louisiana State Univ. Museum of Art (Baton Rouge, LA) September 5 2015 - November 15 2015

"Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1800-1910" celebrates the work of avant-garde artists living in Paris at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, when the city was the center of creative activity as well as a favorite subject for artists. The work of the Naturalists, the Symbolists, the Incohérents, and the Nabis presented fresh visions of life and society during this important 30-year period of "Modern" French art.

This is the first exhibition to present a kaleidoscopic view of the work of a generation of artists who continued the battle for artistic liberation from Academic standards fought by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists and by artists such as Seurat, Gaugin, and van Gogh.

The exhibition puts the innovative art of these better-known artists into context, revealing that they did not work in isolation. Domestic scenes by Mary Cassat, Paul Helleu and Eugène Carrière are included, along with landscapes by Emile Schuffenecker and Charles Lacoste, Sybolist works by Aristide Maillol and Fernand Khnopff, and cafè scenes by Juan Gris and Jacques Villon. Turn-of-the-century artists like Pierre Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec also found alternative means to bring their art to a broad public by illustrating journals, books and theatre programs.

Drawn from Dutch private collections, this groundbreaking exhibition includes 185 works, including paintings, watercolors and drawings; rare zinc shadow puppet silhouettes; illustrated programs for the famous Chat Noir cabaret shadow theatre; and key ephemera for Parisian theatres, circuses, cabarets and cafè-concerts documenting the activities of avant-garde artists.

Images from the exhibition:

"Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais, lithograph, 1983"

"Henri Gabriel Ibels, The Clown, c.1895, crayon on paper, private collection."

"Henri Gabriel Ibels, Mere Moderne (Modern Mother), oil on canvas, 1893"

"Charles Guilloux, Notre Dames, view from the Quais, c.1895, oil on cardboard, private collection."

"Mary Cassat, Etude de Jeune Fille (Study of a Young Girl), 1888, pencil on paper, private collection."

"Felix Vallotton, Charles Maurin, oil on canvas, 1886"

"Alphonse Mucha, Sarah Bernhardt, charcoal on paper, 1898"

"Louis Legrand, Bar scene, Portrait of Prince K, oil on paper, 1909"

"Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Program for Le Theatre Libre The Free Theatre presentation of Une Faillite The Bankruptcy lithograph 1893"

"Louis Legrand, Dancer seated, watercolor on paper, c. 1900"