Frenchman Toulouse-Lautrec was regarded as a superb and fanatical draftsman during his time. It makes complete sense then that he turned his attention and talent to lithography. In 1882 he moved to Paris which allowed him to learn from the likes of Fernand Corman and meeting Vincent Van Gogh. Despite all this influence he managed to keep the art he produced quite unique though there were bits of Gaugin, Japanese art and Degas to be found.
The area of Paris he settled in, Montmartre, had the deepest influence on his lithographs. He depicted the brothels, theatres, circuses, cabarets, and demimonde that surrounded him. Exaggerated facial expressions and a detailed depiction of body language became typical of his art.
Hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and co-produced by the MMFA and The Phillips Collection of Washington, DC, the exhibit contains over 90 prints produced by Toulouse-Lautrec and a handful by close co-workers, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Louis Anquetin. Several of the Toulouse-Lautrec prints or posters are of the rare or never before published variety.
-Dates: Until October 30, 2016
-Venue: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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