Cultural stories: Celebrating Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 150th birthday

On Monday, 04 May 2015, at 19:00 hrs., the lecture “Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s life and work inspired by fin-de-siècle Paris” will take place at the EU InfoCentre. The event, part of the EU InfoCentre’s series of events Cultural stories, is organised by the Delegation of the European Union in partnership with the French Institute, on the occasion of Toulouse-Lautrec’s 150th birthday.

The lecture will be held by Danièle DEVYNCK, Chief curator at the Museum of Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France. DEVYNCK will focus her presentation on the life and work of Lautrec as inspired by Parisian life at the turn of the 19th century; also known as Paris’ “Beautiful époque”. It is also planned that the lecture includes audio-visual materials depicting Paris from this period as well as illustrations of Lautrec’s work.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s entanglement in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s produced a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative imageries of the time. Lautrec connected his contemporaries - artists, performers, authors, intellectuals, and society figures of the day, creating a bridge between the marginalized and the high society salons visitors. Regarded as probably the most famous chronicler of his time, his work makes an insight into the many walks of Parisian life, from politics to visual culture and the rise of popular entertainment in the form of cabarets and café-concerts. Toulouse-Lautrec , along with Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin – is among the most well-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period; Lautrec's posters promoted Montmartre entertainers as celebrities, and elevated the popular medium of the advertising lithograph to the realm of high art.