Old Palm News - Society of the Four Arts showcases Toulouse-Lautrec works

Society of the Four Arts showcases Toulouse-Lautrec works

December 26, 2014

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Nearly 200 works of art from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are on display through January 11 at the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach. Drawn from public and private collections in France and Holland, this groundbreaking exhibition in the Addison Mizner-designed Esther B. O’Keefe Gallery building includes paintings, watercolors and drawings. The works epitomize many of the “modern” tendencies in French art at the turn of the 19th century. Lautrec’s career lasted just over a decade and coincided with a renaissance in printmaking and the nightlife culture in Paris. His posters promoted Parisian entertainers as celebrities and his paintings of dancehall performers and are extraordinarily humanistic and reveal the sadness beneath the rice powder make-up. Fine examples in this exhibition include Lautrec’s color lithographs entitled “Moulin Rouge-La Goulue,” “Queen of Joy” and “Mad Cow.” The artist died tragically young at age 36, due to complications from alcoholism and syphilis, however, his influence continued long after his death. Works from some of those artists — including Mary Cassett, Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard— are also represented in the exhibition. The gallery is located at 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-655-7226.  

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