Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris

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A beautiful book of Toulouse-Lautrec's lithographs of the Parisian cabaret world  

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris offers a guided tour of fin-de-siècle Paris at night, bringing a group of its legendary protagonists to life. 

The six performers at the centre of this book—Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, May Belfort and Loïe Fuller—were all depicted by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and in some ways defined by his iconic renderings. Actors and actresses, comedians, cabaret singers and dancers, these figures were the stars of the new entertainments of 19th-century Paris.

Lautrec immortalised the performances and personas of the city’s entertainers in colourful lithographs, elevating the advertising poster to the status of high art. Artist and performer collaborated to exploit a new culture of entertainment and mass media, creating a new kind of celebrity in the process. 

Lavishly illustrated with high-quality, full-colour reproductions of Lautrec’s iconic images alongside some of his rarely seen sketches, and illuminated by insightful essays, this volume, which accompanies an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, shines a spotlight on the stars of the Paris stage, the birth of modern celebrity culture and the brilliance of the artist who gave them enduring life. 

  • Author: Helen Burnham, Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • Hardcover: 112 pages | 85 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878468591
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 22.8 cm