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Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris comes to life February 7 – May 18, 2014.
Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910
invites visitors to explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city.

The exhibition focuses on the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century, or “La Belle Époque.” As CMA curator Dominique H. Vasseur notes, “Paris was a breeding ground for artistic and literary movements that challenged the establishment and sought to come to terms with a complex society that was changing, becoming wealthier and ever eager for entertainment as well as new, modern experiences.”

Drawn from prestigious private and public collections, the artworks in this exhibition were made by a generation of artists who battled against the formality of Academic art standards, rebelling even against the styles of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism espoused by artists like Georges Seurat, Paul Gaugin, and Vincent Van Gogh. In addition to paintings and posters by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassatt, Paul César Helleu, Juan Gris, and Pierre Bonnard, special attention is given to small groups of artists –the Naturalists, the Symbolists, the Incohérents, and the Nabis—who offered new visions for life and society during this era that has been popularly coined the fin de siècle or Belle Époque.

The exhibition includes more than 185 objects, ranging from paintings, watercolors, drawings and posters, to rare cabaret shadow puppets, illustrated theater programs, and archival and ephemera materials from Parisian theaters, circuses, and concerts.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. His Excellency Franҫois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. Sponsored by the Friends of Toulouse-Lautrec, with lead gifts by Steve and Holly Wittmann. Ohio Magazine is the media sponsor for the exhibition. Hotel Sponsor: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Related Programs:

163GardensArmideWednesdays @ 2:00
Looking for something fun and interesting to do on wintery afternoons? Join us on a succession of Wednesdays at 2:00 pm in the Cardinal Health Auditorium for a series of free discussions, collaborative performances, and presentations about and around our current special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1900.  Dates for these presentations are:

February 19Music of Belle Époque Paris, presented by Justin Johnston and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

March 5Literature of Belle Époque Paris, presented by Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director, and Susanne Jaffe, Thurber House

March 19Fashion of the Belle Époque, by Jean Druesedow, Director, Kent State University Museum and former Associate Curator, Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

April 2Dance in the Belle Époque, presented by Karen Eliot, Professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University

Free for CMA Members, and with Museum admission, but RSVP here. “Wednesdays @ 2 pm” series is sponsored by the Columbus Museum of Art Docent Alums.

Wine and Canvas: Toulouse-Lautrec Edition
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Talented local artists help you re-create the Le Chat Noir poster on view in Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne. At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created. Cost of this program includes a glass of wine and is $45 for nonmembers and $40 for members. Space is limited. Please register at www.wineandcanvascma.eventbrite.com. Please call 614.629.0312 for more information.

e Toulouse-Lautrec The Art of Cuisine: Toulouse-Lautrec
Wednesday, April 9, (SOLD-OUT)
Wednesday May 14 (SOLD-OUT)
6:00 – 9:00 PM The Kitchen, 231 Livingston Avenue
Join CMA curator Dominique H. Vasseur and The Kitchen for a curated 5-course dinner party inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s decadent dining style and his recipe book The Art of Cuisine. Hear stories about Toulouse-Lautrec in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century and the culinary inspiration behind each course served. Cash bar with artist inspired drinks will be available. $67 for nonmembers, Special Member price $60. Advance reservations are required, space is limited. Dietary restrictions must be mentioned at the time of reservations. Reservations for May 14 dinner must be confirmed and payment received by Wed May 7. Please call 614-629-0346.

Toulouse-Lautrec Tours
Check our calendar to find Learning to Look and Inside Story tours on Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne.

(Credits from top: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The Troupe of Mlle Élgantine, 1896 Color lithograph, 24 ½ x 31 ¾ in. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Geroges de Feure The Gardens of Armida, 1897 Watercolor on paper, 17 ½ x 13 ¾ in, Private Collection).