Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris: French Colour Lithographs around 1900 from the Kupferstichkabinett Basel
BASEL • Kunstmuseum Basel • Ongoing
|The motto of the exhibition - Quelques aspects de la vie de Paris (Aspects of Parisian Life) – is drawn from a portfolio of 12 colour lithographs by Pierre Bonnard of 1899. Aspects of Parisian life were the preferred subject matter of French colour lithography in the last decade of the 19th century. Bonnard depicted street corners, squares and courtyards, Edouard Vuillard the Tuileries and middle-class interiors, while Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec portrayed anonymous prostitutes and the stars of Montmartre. Colour lithography offered these painters a source of income as well as a means of disseminating their artistic concerns and continuing to pursue their artistic innovations. The post-Impressionist avant-garde‘s search for a public as well as new practices in the art trade and in collecting created synergies, which brought about a ten-year boom in colour lithography.|
The exhibition, culled exclusively from the rich holdings of the Kupferstichkabinett, provides a well-rounded impression of this exceptional era of colour lithography. Not only famous posters (such as Moulin Rouge), but also the most important portfolios will be presented in their entirety (by Paul Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis). First-rate single works are on display (Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir etc.) as well as unique book illustrations and albums. A total of over 100 works are on view.
A catalogue with over 50 colour reproductions accompanies the exhibition.
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