Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris



“Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” an exhibition presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will explore the celebrity culture of Lautrec’s time in an artistically-simmering Paris. The exhibition will run between April 7, 2019 and August 4, 2019 and will focus on Parisian nightlife made of acrobatic dancers, aristocrats, prostitutes, writers and entertainers. 

With expressive lines and brazen colors, Lautrec depicted the defining gestures, costumes, and expressions of spectacular performers, many of whom were his personal friends and habitués of Montmartre

The exhibition includes more than 200 works and is made of thematic sections highlighting Lautrec’s formal innovations, such as dramatic lighting effects and colour combinations; the changing artistic and social landscapes of Paris, with scenes of the city by day and by night; cafés, cabarets, and theaters; and celebrities of the age.

The display also incorporates works by Lautrec’s contemporaries Edgar Degas, Honoré Daumier, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, and others—presenting him in the context of his heroes, peers, and followers. Organized by the MFA in partnership with the Boston Public Library, the exhibition draws on both institutions’ rich holdings, and includes key loans of paintings and graphic arts from public and private collections.