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Toulouse-Lautrec & His World [Hardcover]

Maria-Christina Boerner

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April 5 2012
"The Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), which dates from the late nineteenth century to the start of World War I, was an incredible period of creative and scientific activity. Until his death in 1901 at the age of 36, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of its leading names along with poets and writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Emile Zola. He exhibited with Vincent Van Gogh and was a friend of Oscar Wilde whom he met during his time in London. Creating literally thousands of artworks during his short life, the images that Toulouse-Lautrec created were evocative of the mood of that time. His drawings and lithographs were often playful or satirical, but captured the essence of his subject.

This book brings together over 170 images. In addition, there are documentary images from the period depicting life in fin de siècle Paris and selected cities around the world. Clothing, architecture and images of street life are featured and where possible photographs of the people Toulouse-Lautrec featured in his works such as Aristide Bruant."


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Maria-Christina Boerner, who studied literature, art history and media, received her PhD in Berlin. A lecturer at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), she is also the author of numerous essays on cultural topics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Toulouse-Lautrec Journey Feb. 25 2013
By Judith B. Harnsberger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a biased review since Henri Toulouse-Lautrec has been my favorite artist since I owned two inexpensive copies of his brightly colored posters published in the 1950s. The strength of the lithographs, pencil,ink works included is the economical use of line by Lautrec. With a few expressive lines the faces of the cabaret performers and those in the audience are created and the broad or thin swirling, curling lines outline the dancers' dresses. Through Lautrec's drawings, you feel a part of the 19th century
night life in Paris.
There are just a few black and white photographs of Lautrec and social groupings from that time. The drawings were from a
collection housed in the Herakleidon Museum in Athens
For me, the book is a treasure.
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