Resolutely modern: Toulouse-Lautrec in the Grand-Palais
Do you think you know Toulouse-Lautrec? The exhibition in the Grand-Palais from 9 October to 27 January 2020 may prove the opposite. This autumn, the museum is bringing together some 200 works by the artist, inviting visitors to take a fresh look at them. Decryption.
La Goulue, le Moulin-Rouge, brothels… The Parisian night and its pleasures are at the heart of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. Should he be reduced to a painter of the “Montmartre culture”, a witness to his drunkenness and debauchery? No! replied the curators of the exhibition “Resolutely modern”.
It is time to open the prism and finally see Toulouse-Lautrec as an artist of realism, a direct heir to Ingres, Manet and Degas. His own realism is expressive, sudden, funny, direct. He intends to depict the reality of his time in all its aspects, including the least suitable ones. Without judgment, without criticism, and always with great humanity. Certainly the style remains incisive, caustic and even satirical. But there is also poetry and aesthetics that are not the result of chance, but rather of a research, an ambition assumed by the painter from Languedoc.
Singular and complex, as Toulouse-Lautrec could be called. Toulouse-Lautrec, avant-garde painter? Toulouse-Lautrec, precursor of futurism? Whatever the reading we make of it, his work remains unique, and his paintings fascinating by their colours, their movement, their realism sometimes believed.
From October 9th, let yourself be seduced by the inimitable verve of this great master of painting, brilliant and talented but misunderstood in his time.
You will find all the practical information on the exhibition on the official website of the Grand-Palais: www.grandpalais.fr