“When my pencil moves, it is necessary to let it go. Nothing more!”

Toulouse-Lautrec is recognized around the world as an important Post-Impressionist painter, Illustrator and lithographer. He is best known for his works depicting scenes from cabarets, theaters, dance halls, and brothels. These were themes that the artist lived, beginning in 1885 when he moved to Montmartre and immersed himself in its nightlife.

Toulouse-Lautrec wanted to show life as it is, not as it should be, but this objectivity was not without empathy or humor. His interest lay in portraying people, not only those he met during his nights on the town, but also his friends and the working-class citizens of Paris. He was a hard-working artist, producing an enormous body of work in a wide range of media.

Lautrec made 30 posters in his lifetime, but also illustrated theater programs, book covers, menus, invitations, and sheet music. His expressive use of line found the perfect medium in lithography. He never made a distinction between commercial and fine art.

The collection of approximately one hundred and ninety rare, framed works on paper includes many of his large original affiches, some before advertising letters, prints and drawings, which were inspired by both everyday life and the entertainment world of late 19th century bohemian Paris and are some of the best-known images of this great artist.

Original Works

190 original Toulouse-Lautrec works on paper (as published in Wittrock and Dortu).

Highlights

Museum quality original posters, prints, 50 extremely rare drawings done by the artist plus a very unique lithographic stone. All the works are framed, each with a variety of period design, as per museum specifications.

Exhibition Materials

High resolution images, captions, wall texts.

Display

Requires about 140 – 160 linear meters (450 – 500 linear feet).

Selected Works