From the whimsical linework of his graphic creations to the allure of late nineteenth-century Parisian life his works inspired, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a defining force in the cultivation of the celebrity image of the era. This facet of the artist’s career is the focus of “Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity”, on view at the National Galleries of Scotland through 20 January 2018.
The first-ever exhibition dedicated to the work of Toulouse-Lautrec to be hosted by the Scottish institution, this display offers examples of some of the artist’s most beloved posters and prints from the final decade of his career. Visitors will gain a sense Toulouse-Lautrec’s artistic virtuosity in the rising tide of modern expression, and they will also witness the arrival of a new age of mass marketing and the intersections of graphic design and fine art as both fields were understood in this later nineteenth-century moment. This exhibition is primed to be a landmark for the National Gallery of Scotland, but even if Scotland isn’t one of your destinations between now and the end of the year you can still enjoy the splendor of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work in Toulouse-Lautrec, a comprehensive and incredibly well-illustrated compendium of the artist’s work available in both English and French on Musebooks. Take a look today!