The clock is ticking to 18 February when the landmark Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition curated by Danièle Devynck and Claudia Zevi and detailing the whole of the artist’s career and his startling modernity, is set to say goodbye to Palazzo Reale in Milan.
The exhibition comprises over 250 works by Toulouse-Lautrec, with 35 paintings on display, in addition to lithographs, etchings and his complete series of 22 posters.
The project, organised into themed sections, is designed to help visitors grasp the full extent of Lautrec’s vision and his role in the history of art. It is a celebration of an artist who, despite never belonging to any school, constructed a new, and extremely provocative, realism, a superlative synthesis of colour, shape and movement.
An aristocrat who chronicled the slums and brothels of Paris, the evolution of Lautrec’s style is traced through each and every phase of his development. The works range from paintings to sketches, with a particular emphasis on his profound knowledge of Japanese prints and his passion for photography.