The vibrant, bohemian atmosphere of Paris at the end of the 19th century takes centre stage in a new exhibition in Edinburgh featuring the work of Toulouse-Lautrec.
The show focuses on extraordinary posters that heralded a revolution in design and the birth of modern celebrity culture.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was one of the most innovative and popular French artists of the era known as the ‘Belle Époque’. Lautrec was an outstanding painter, printmaker and caricaturist renowned above all for his immersion in the theatrical and celebrity culture of Paris.
This exhibition will bring together around 75 posters, prints, paintings and drawings by Lautrec and contemporaries such as Pierre Bonnard, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Jules Chéret, the ‘father of the modern poster’.
They will include many of the artist’s finest graphic artworks made for legendary nightclubs, such as the aforementioned Moulin Rouge, and the Ambassadeurs.
The exhibition will also include the work of British artists who were drawn to the dynamic café culture of Paris, such as Walter Sickert, Arthur Melville, J D Fergusson and William Nicholson.
Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the art of celebrity runs from 6 October to 20 January at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh