Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, this catalogue celebrates the groundbreaking avant-garde artists whose works embody the spirit and decadence of fin de siecle and Belle Epoque Paris. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne is a celebration of the work of a generation of avant-garde artists at the turn of the nineteenth century in Paris who fought for artistic liberation against the strict codes of the Academy. Like the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists who preceded them, the Nabis, Incoherents, Symbolists, and Naturalists sought to reinterpret a rapidly changing society that was no longer easily definable.
Artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, and Felix Vallotton, among others, render with naturalism and vivacity modern Parisian life and its cafe-concerts, cabarets, and brothels; street scenes and landscapes; and intimate domestic interiors. This rich presentation of paintings, watercolors, drawings, rare zinc shadow-puppet silhouettes, Chat Noir cabaret programs, and key ephemera for Parisian theaters, circuses, cabarets, and cafe-concerts, are accompanied by essays by internationally known scholars, catalogue entries, artist biographies, a timeline of historical events and iconic works, a map of Paris, and a select bibliography.
About the Author
Phillip Dennis Cate is director emeritus of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University and an independent scholar and guest curator of this exhibition. Fred Leeman is former chief curator of painting at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Christopher Lloyd is former Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, London. Belinda Thomson is an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a renowned scholar of Post-Impressionism.
"La Vie Moderne" explores the ways these artists defined their art as modern; truly celebrating a special and highly creative time in history. This is one that should be added to every art lover s library! "Art of the Times " The book is a work of art gives its readers a great oversight of French history and an explanation of what was happening in France at the turn of the century as how artist and their work were influenced by important political and cultural events. It is a truly a fascinating and informative book for anyone who appreciates art or just wants to learn a little more. If you can not make it to the Orsay or the Louvre, "Toulouse-Lautrec "will take you on a great trip through the work of French artists. " Chocolate and croissants.blogspot. " I highly recommend this lavish exhibition alum for anyone with an interest in la vie moderne, French art history, or simply art itself! " invitinghistorybookreviews.blogspot""
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd March 2014
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.9 x 24.8 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.25
Edition Number: 1