TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE STARS OF PARIS

City: Boston
Museum/Gallery: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec

 

April 7-August 4, 2019
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON

header-Toulouse-Lautrec_950wLEFT: Portrait of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, about 1892. Photograph, gelatin silver print, Sheet: 15 x 10.2 cm (5 7/8 x 4 in.) Paul Sescau (French, 1858–1926) Gift of Abraham Bornstein.RIGHT: Aristide Bruant in his Cabaret, 1893, Henri de Toulouse‑Lautrec. Poster, color lithograph, Sight: 138.4 x 96.5 cm (54 1/2 x 38 in.) Framed: 145.4 x 105.4 x 3.8 cm (57 1/4 x 41 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.) Wittrock P09; Delteil 348 i Otis Norcross Fund.

The exhibition present more than 200 of Toulouse-Lautrec’s
evocative posters, prints and paintings, including more than 100 works
from the Boston Public Library’s collection

Toulouse-Lautrec with Tremolada, assistant to Zidler, the manager of the Moulin Rouge. 
Advertisement by Toulouse-Lautrec, one of a series commissioned by Zidler.

The exhibition examines how Toulouse-Lautrec pushed his art in new directions to portray the celebrity
culture of his time—equally fascinated, much like today, with the performers’ personal lives as with the roles they played. Using brazen colors and expressive lines, the artist depicted the defining gestures, costumes and expressions of the celebrities of the day, many of whom were his personal friends. His images of performers—including cabaret stars Yvette Guilbert and Aristide Bruant, dancers Jane Avril and Loïe Fuller, and actress Marcelle Lender—contributed to their fame, distributed through prints and posters to an eager audience.

ARISTIDE BRUANT

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Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant in his Cabaret, 1982. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Framed: 170.2 × 120.7 cm (67 × 47 1/2 in.) Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation

YVETTE GUILBERT

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Yvette GuilbertYvette Guilbert (from the portfolio Le Café Concert, 1893) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) . Lithograph printed in brownish-black ink on wove paper. Image: 25.2 x 22.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8 3/4 in.); Sheet: 43.7 x 31.7 cm (17 3/16 x 12 1/2 in.) Wittrock 019; Delteil 029; Adhémar 029. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

JANE AVRIL

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Jane Avril, 1899, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901). Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 56.2 × 38.1 cm (22 1/8 × 15 in.) Wittrock P29B. 17_09_000329.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Jane_Avril (2)Jane Avril, 1893.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 129.1 × 93.5 cm (50 13/16 × 36 13/16 in.) Wittrock P06. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932 (32.88.15)


MARCELLE LENDER

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At The Variétés: Mademoiselle Lender and Brasseur, 1893Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 38 × 27 cm (14 15/16 × 10 5/8 in.) Wittrock 031. 17_09_000116

MAY MILTON

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_May_MiltonMay Milton, 895. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 78.6 x 59.7 cm (30 15/16 x 23 1/2 in.) Wittrock P17; Delteil 356 iii. Gift of Lee M. Friedman

MAY BELFORT

Toulouse Lautrec--May BelfortMay Belfort, 1895.  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Wittrock P14. Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, William M. Prichard Fund

GUY AND MEALY

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Guy and Mealy in Paris qui MarcheGuy and Mealy, in “Paris qui Marche”, 1898. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Crayon lithograph, printed in dark violet on cream laid paper. Stone: 27.7 x 23.2 cm (10 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.) Sheet: 31.7 x 49.1 cm (12 1/2 x 19 5/16 in.) Wittrock 295; Delteil 270. Bequest of Florence S. Gerstein


JUDIC

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec_JudicJudic (black) 1894. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 46 × 31 cm (18 1/8 × 12 3/16 in.)Wittrock 054. 17_09_000132

CECY LOFTUS

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Cecy LoftusCecy Loftus, 1895. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Lithograph. Platemark: 37.7 x 26 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/4 in.) Wittrock 113. Gift of the Carolyn C. Rowland Trust.

MAY BELFORT

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Miss May Belfort with her hair downMiss May Belfort with her hair down, 1895. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Lithograph, printed in olive green. Image: 31 x 22 cm (12 3/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Sheet: 51.5 x 40.2 cm (20 1/4 x 15 13/16 in.) Wittrock 116; Delteil 118. George Peabody Gardner Fund.

 

Toulouse-Lautrec immortalizes the Moulin Rouge

His drawings of the Moulin Rouge shows turned the place into the reference of an era.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Moulin_RougeMoulin Rouge La GouleMoulin Rouge: La Goulue, 1891. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 190 × 116.5 cm (74 13/16 × 45 7/8 in.) Wittrock P01. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932 (32.88.12)


Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec_Englishman-at-the-Moulin-Rouge_950The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge, 1892. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Color lithograph printed in olive-green, aubergine, blue, red, yellow and black. Image: 47 x 37.2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 5/8 in.) Sheet: 62.2 x 48.5 cm (24 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.) Wittrock 002; Delteil 012. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_mademoiselle-eglantine-troupeMademoiselle Églantine’s Troupe, 1896. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 63 × 80 cm (24 13/16 × 31 1/2 in.) Wittrock P21. 17_09_00341

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_The Clowness at the Moulin RougeThe Clowness at the Moulin Rouge, 1897. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Color lithograph. Image: 41 x 32.1 cm (16 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.) (trimmed) Wittrock 178; Delteil 205. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec-The seated clownessThe seated clowness (Mademoiselle Cha-u-ka-o, 1896). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 53 × 41 cm (20 7/8 × 16 1/8 in.) Wittrock 156. 17_09_00314.


Toulouse-Lautrec announces Paris Nights

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Divan_JaponaiseDivan Japonais,1893. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 80.6 × 62.1 cm (31 3/4 × 24 7/16 in.) Wittrock P11. 17_09_000350

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_Bruant_at_the_MirlitonBruant at the Mirliton, 1893. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 80 × 60 cm (31 1/2 × 23 5/8 in.) Wittrock P10A (see note) 17_09_00343.

 

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec-The seated clownessAt the Ambassadeurs—Singer at the Café-concert, 1894. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Publisher: André-Edouard Marty (French, 1882–1974) Color lithograph printed in olive-green, yellow, beige-grey, salmon-pink, black and blue on wove paper. Image: 29.8 x 24.4 cm (11 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.) Sheet: 54 x 39 cm (21 1/4 x 15 3/8 in.) Wittrock 058; Delteil 068. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_The Box-with-the-Gilded-MaskThe box with the gilded mask, 1893. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 45 × 32 cm (17 11/16 × 12 5/8 in.) Wittrock 016. 17_09_000263

Toulouse-Lautrec by day

Toulouse-Lautrec_babylone_d-allemagne_1894Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Babylone d’Allemagne (poster) 1894 Printer: Imprimerie Chaix (French) . Poster, color lithograph. Sheet 119 x 83 cm (46 7/8 x 32 11/16 in.) Wittrock P12; Delteil 351 i Gift of Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_The JockeyThe Jockey, 1899. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Color lithograph printed in black, turquoise-green, red, brown, grey-beige and blue ink. Image: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.); Sheet: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.) Wittrock 308; Delteil 279 ii; Adhémar 365. Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_The AutomobilistThe Automobilist, 1898. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper. Image: 37.3 x 26.7 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/2 in.); Sheet: 50.6 x 35.6 cm (19 15/16 x 14 in.) Wittrock 293; Delteil 203; Adhémar 295. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_the simpson chainPoster for “La Châine Simpson” Bicycle Chains, 1896. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Poster, brush, crayon and spatter lithograph printed from three stones in blue, red, and yellow Sheet. Sheet: 121.5 x 83.5 cm (47 13/16 x 32 7/8 in.) Wittrock P26; Delteil 360. Anonymous gift in memory of John G. Pierce, Sr.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_The Passenger in Cabin 54 -- YachtingThe Passenger in Cabin 54 — Yachting, 1896. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 61 × 41 cm (24 × 16 1/8 in.) Wittrock P20. 17_09_00336.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_photographer-sescauThe photographer Sescau, 1894. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) lithograph. Sheet: 61.9 × 80 cm (24 3/8 × 31 1/2 in.) Wittrock P22. 17_09_000340

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec_cover-for-l-estampe-originaleCouverture de L’Estampe Originale, 1893. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Color lithograph. Stone: 56.5 × 64.1 cm (22 1/4 × 25 1/4 in.) Sheet: 58.1 × 83.2 cm (22 7/8 × 32 3/4 in.) Wittrock 003; Delteil 017. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen


Toulouse-Lautrec Master of drawing

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec_The-Hangover_Suzanne-Valadon_950The Hangover (Suzanne Valadon) 1887-1889. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) oil on canvas. Framed: 71.2 × 79 × 9 cm (28 1/16 × 31 1/8 × 3 9/16 in.) Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906.

Toulouse Lautrec-Portrait-Head-of-a-Beared-ManPortrait Head of a Bearded Man, 1899 (An Inmate of the Maison de sante de Madrid, Paris) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901) Graphite pencil on paper sheet. 9 x 8.3 cm (3 9/16 x 3 1/4 in.) Helen and Alice Colburn Fund.

 

Toulouse-Lautrec heroes, peers and followers

The exhibition incorporates works by Toulouse-Lautrec’s contemporaries Edgar Degas, Honoré Daumier, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and others—presenting him in the context of his heroes, peers and followers.

HONORÉ DAUMIER

Honore Daumier_Baissez le Rideau, la Farce est Jouee

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879) Baissez le Rideau, la Farce est Jouée. Plate 421 from “La Caricature” September 11 1834.Lithographer: Delaunois (French, 19th century)  Lithograph, only state, album impression. Image: 20.0 x 27.8 cm (7 7/8 x 10 15/16 in.) Sheet: 25.2 x 33.9 cm (9 15/16 x 13 3/8 in.) Delteil 0086, only (album); H.D. 271. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

FÉLIX H. BUHOT

Felix H. Buhot_La Place Pigalle

Félix H. Buhot (French, 1847–1898) La Place Pigalle. Etching, aquatint. Bourcard 129. Frederick Keppel Memorial Bequest.

EDOUARD MANET

Edouard Manet_At the CafeEdouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) At the Café, 1874, Pen and ink transfer lithograph on chine. Image: 26.4 x 33.3 cm (10 3/8 x 13 1/8 in.) Sheet: 30.5 x 38.2 cm (12 x 15 1/16 in.) Harris 66; Guérin 81; Moreau-Nélaton 088. Gift of W. G. Russell Allen

EDGAR DEGAS

Edgar Degas_Mlle Bécat at the Café des AmbassadeursEdgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs, 1876–77. Lithograph sheet. Image: 20.4 x 19.4 cm (8 1/16 x 7 5/8 in.); Sheet: 34.4 x 27.4 cm (13 9/16 x 10 13/16 in.) Reed and Shapiro 31, one state; Delteil 49. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

Edgar-Degas-Program for the Soirée ArtistiqueEdgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) Program for the Soirée Artistique, 1884. Transfer lithograph. Image: 25 x 32 cm (9 13/16 x 12 5/8 in.); Sheet: 27.7 x 38.6 cm (10 7/8 x 15 3/16 in.) Reed and Shapiro 54, one state; Delteil 58; Adhemar 56. Lee M. Friedman Fund.

JAMES JACQUES JOSEPH TISSOT

James Jacques Joseph Tissot_Women of Paris The Circus LoverJames Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836–1902) Women of Paris: The Circus Lover, 1885. Oil on canvas, unframed 147.3 x 101.6 cm (58 x 40 in.) Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

THÉOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN

Theophile-Alexandre-Steinlen-Yvette Guilbert--At the Ambassadeurs cafe concertThéophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923) Yvette Guilbert–At the Ambassadeurs café concert, 1894. Poster, color lithograph. Sheet: 185.7 x 79.7 cm (73 1/8 x 31 3/8 in.) Framed: 196.9 x 90.8 x 2.5 cm (77 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 1 in.) Bargiel and Zagrodzki 15; de Crauzat 493. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vershbow.

theophile-alexade-steilen---in-the-streetThéophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923) Author: Aristide Bruant (French, 1851–1925) In the Street (Gigolots and Gigolettes) Dans la rue (gigolots et gigolettes) 1895 Color Lithograph, proof Image: 21.6 x 27.6 cm (8 1/2 x 10 7/8 in.) Sheet: 33.7 x 35.8 cm (13 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.) C 170 I. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen.

Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen_Collection of the Chat NoirThéophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923) Collection of the Chat Noir, 1898. Poster, color lithograph printed in black and red. Framed: 155.3 x 117.2 x 4.8 cm (61 1/8 x 46 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.) Sheet: 139.4 x 99.1 cm (54 7/8 x 39 in.) Bargiel and Zagrodzki 32. Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund and partial gift of James A. Lapides.

JULES CHÉRET

Jules Cheret_Jardin de ParisJules Chéret (French, 1836–1932) Jardin de Paris, 1890. Poster, color lithograph. Sheet 121.5 x 85 cm (47 13/16 x 33 7/16 in.) Source unidentified.


Jules Cheret_Le Monde ArtisteJules Chéret (French, 1836–1932) Le Monde Artiste, about 1895. Sheet 121.5 x 86 cm (47 13/16 x 33 7/8 in.) Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Jules Chere_Au_Printemps_Paris_Etrennes_1906Jules Chéret (French, 1836–1932) Au Printemps / Paris / Etrennes 1906. Sheet 123 x 86.5 cm (48 7/16 x 34 1/16 in.) Source unidentified.


HENRI-GABRIEL IBELS

Henri-Gabriel-Ibels-Cover for Le Cafe-Concert

 

Henri-Gabriel-Ibels_Program-for-the-Theatre-Libre,-season-1892-93-_950Henri-Gabriel Ibels (French, 1867–1936) Program for the Théâtre Libre, season 1892-93 (8th) 1892–1893 lithograph

Henri-Gabriel Ibels_Program for the Theatre Libre, season 1892-93Henri-Gabriel Ibels (French, 1867–1936) Program for the Théâtre Libre,
season 1892-93 (1st) 1892–1893 lithograph

Henri-Gabriel Ibels_Kam-HillHenri-Gabriel Ibels (French, 1867–1936) Kam-Hill, 1893. Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen

ALPHONSE MUCHA

Alphonse Maria Mucha_La Dame aux Camelias-Sarah Bernhardt-Theatre de la Renaissance

Alphonse Maria Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939) La Dame aux Camelias/ Sarah Bernhardt/ Theatre de la Renaissance. 1896. Poster, lithograph printed in five colors on two sheets of paper. Sheet: 209.6 x 76.2 cm (82 1/2 x 30 in.) Framed: 216.5 x 84.5 x 3.8 cm (85 1/4 x 33 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.) Gift of Mr. Charles Sumner Bird.

PICASSO

Pablo Picasso_Stuffed ShirtsPablo Picasso (Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973) Stuffed Shirts (Les Plastrons) 1900. Oil on panel. unframed 13.6 x 22.5 cm (5 3/8 x 8 7/8 in.) Gift of Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird (Julia Appleton Bird)

GRAVELLE

Gravelle_Le-Mirliton-_June-1903Gravelle. Le Mirliton, June 1903

MAURICE BRAZIL PRENDERGAST

Maurice Brazil Prendergast_ The CircusMaurice Brazil Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1858–1924) The Circus, about 1902. Color monotype. Image: 27.94 x 36.19 cm (11 x 14 1/4 in.) Clark, Matthews, Owens 1595. The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund


The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec

moulin-rouge_Paris 1900

The contemporary importance of prints and posters
Thematic sections highlight the changing social and artistic landscapes of 19th-century Paris

Jean-Eugène Auguste AtgetLa colonne d-affiches theatrales39, rue des Bourdonnais,
Maison de la Barbe d’Or (detail)
about 1896.
Jean-Eugène Auguste Atget.
(French, 1857–1927) 
Photograph, albumen print.Image/Sheet:
21.7 x 17.6 cm (8 9/16 x 6 15/16 in.) 
Mount: 32.8 x 25.4 cm (12 15/16 x 10 in.) 
Gift of Richad Gernn.

 

La colonne d’affiches théàtralesPhotographer: Jean-Eugène Auguste Atget (French, 1857–1927)
Publisher: V. Porcher (French (Paris))
Les petits métiers de Paris
French. Collotype on card stock
Vertical: Overall: 14 x 8.9 cm (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive
Gift of Leonard A. Lauder

 

 

 

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AT WORK

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Toulouse Lautrec in his workshop_530px

ORGANIZERS. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Boston Public Library. The exhibition is sponsored by the resort Encore Boston Harbor, located in Everett, MA. Additional support from the great-grandchildren of Albert H. Wiggin, the Cordover Exhibition Fund and anonymous funders.

CATALOGUE. An illustrated catalogue will accompany Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris, produced by MFA Publications. The publication is available at the BPL’s Central Library and all neighborhood branches for perusal and checkout.

See also in PATRONS: 
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. Iconic printed works

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