Art Videos at the Gallery

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, the next film that will be presented at the Barn Gallery on August 10 at 7:30 pm explores the life of Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, who is renowned for his paintings and posters inspired by the rowdy, edgy spectacle of entertainment in late nineteenth-century Paris.

Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Toulouse-Lautrec was drawn to Montmartre, an area of Paris famous for its bohemian lifestyle and for being the haunt of artists, writers, and philosophers. He found his subjects in the dance halls, cabarets, circuses, and brothels of the Montmartre neighborhood.

His images of performers at the Moulin Rouge, Chat Noir, and other fashionable nightspots transformed the poets, singers, and dancers of Montmartre, including Aristide, Bruant, Jane Avril, and Yvette Guilbert, into celebrities.

Toulouse-Lautrec suffered a number of congenital health conditions, attributed to the fact that his two grandmothers were sisters. In his teen years, he fractured both of his thigh bones, neither healed properly, and his legs ceased to grow after that. Physically unable to participate in most of the activities typically enjoyed by men of his age, Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in his art. He became an important Post-Impressionist painter, art nouveau illustrator, and lithographer.

This film traces the relationship between the aristocratic painter and the avant–garde culture of Montmartre, using works of art by Lautrec and his collegues, rare archival footage and sound recordings, period photographs, and interviews with contemporary scholars.

The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series are shown on a theater-size screen and admission is free. FMI, call (207) 646-7055 or visit Barn Gallery online.