Monday, 26 April 2010

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - Self Portrait in crowd, at the Moulin Rouge

He may be considered a drunk and a martyr and thought of most fondly for his iconic Moulin Rouge Posters, but Henri Toulouse-Lautric was also a painter of real brilliance, upon seeing his 'self portrait in crowd...' it is difficult for it to not take an effect, the saturated colours, the shadow, the perspective and the real emotion visible on the faces of the crowd. I believe it to be Lautrec sat with the beard at the main table.

Self Portrait in the crowd, at the Moulin Rouge

At the Cirque Fernando - this painting really reminds me of the the Circus by George Seurat, the horse and rider seem to be almost carbon copies of each other, I believe Lautrec created his first.

Marcelle Lender doing the bolero in 'Chilperic'

Moulin Rouge poster

bio from Wikipedia
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ʁi də tuluz loˈtʁɛk]) (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an œuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house a new record was set when "La blanchisseuse", an early painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million U.S.

1 comment:

  1. Self Portrait in the crowd, at the Moulin Rouge is, I believe, one of my favorite Lautrec paintings.

    I published a post on his work on my blog recently.