Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris
The Montmartre district of Paris at the end of the nineteenth century was the heart of the city's bohemian nightlife, offering a dazzling parade of entertainers across the stages of music halls, nightclubs, and cabarets. Henri de Toulouse-lautrec. himself a Montmartre resident and a friend of many of these stars, distilled their characteristic gestures, costumes, and expressions into instantly recognizable images. His star-making images capture the ephemeral arts of singing, dancing and reciting in boldly simplified paintings, posters, and prints as well as in drawings of delicacy and psychological perception.