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Friday, December 4, 12 – 1pm


Georges Seurat. Models (Poseuses) (detail), 1886–1888. BF811. Public Domain.

Free; registration required

About the Talk

“Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec: Staging Style, Manipulating Models”
Online Talk | Member Appreciation Days

Professor Richard Thomson takes a close look at two great paintings in the Barnes collection—George Seurat’s Models and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “A Montrouge”–Rosa La Rouge. Though both were made in the late 1880s, they are very different works. Seurat painted the figures in his studio with his pioneering neo-impressionist style, while Toulouse-Lautrec created a more naturalistic image of a woman in movement. Together, the paintings show us the contrasting ways artists can use models to play roles and fill out compositions. Thomson will explore fashion, color theory, a Paris cabaret, and street crime in this fascinating talk.

Registrants will be emailed a link to access the talk on Thursday, December 3.

<p><em>A-Montrouge-Rosa La Rouge</em> by Toulouse-Lautrec</p>

A-Montrouge-Rosa La Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. "A Montrouge"–Rosa La Rouge (detail), 1886–1887. BF263. Public Domain.

<p><em>Models </em>by Seurat</p>

Models by Seurat

Georges Seurat. Models (Poseuses) (detail), 1886–1888. BF811. Public Domain.


Richard Thomson

Thomson is research professor in the history of art at the University of Edinburgh, where he served as Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art until 2018. An expert on late 19th-century French art, he based his most recent book, Art of the Actual (Yale, 2012), on lectures he gave as Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford. He has curated many exhibitions throughout his career, including Monet & Architecture (National Gallery, London, 2018), Seurat’s Circus Sideshow (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2017), and a landmark Monet retrospective (Grand Palais, Paris, 2010–11).