- Roaming Docents Apr 16, 2014
Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
February 7, 2014 - May 18, 2014
This extraordinary exhibition highlights the wide spectrum of exciting work created by avant-garde artists in Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. Through dreamy Symbolist landscape paintings, edgy Parisian street scenes, intimate domestic tableaus, bawdy cabaret sketches, figure studies, portraits and still life compositions, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910 investigates a generation of artists continuing the battle against French Academic standards fought by the Impressionists and the Barbizon painters before them. A special focus is the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, whose style and subjects epitomize the times, to Sarah Bernhardt and Paul Verlaine worked amid the swirl of cafe-concerts, circuses, and theatres. The show is alive with a variety of both images and media.