Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La Clownesse Assise, Mademoiselle Cha-U-Kao, 1896


From 17 September 2011 to 19 February 2012 – National Gallery of Denmark

In the autumn of 2011 you can meet the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, at the gallery. He attended a range of art schools he embarked on the project of depicting the entertainment scene then flourishing in bohemian Montmartre in Paris.

The exhibition will present a wide range of works, focusing mainly on Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints housed at the Gallery’s Department of Graphic Arts. Pivotal points of the exhibition will include the urban space and how it stages gender and identity.

Toulouse-Lautrec comments on modern life in his depictions, often by means of striking effects. For example, he would utilise the mass media of the time, such as posters, for rapid dissemination of information.

Innovative and visually radical, Toulouse-Lautrec’s sharp voyeuristic gaze takes us into a wildly proliferating world of entertainment. Here we find theatres, circuses, brothels, cafés, and dancehalls – a world in which urbanites bring their desires into play, regardless of gender or class.

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