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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Jane Avril (detail), 1893. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

Free; registration required.

About the Talk

“Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrity Culture of Paris”
Online Talk | Member Appreciation Days

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is renowned for his images of cafés, dance halls, and performers in fin de siécle Paris. In this presentation, curator Jay A. Clarke will look closely at Toulouse-Lautrec’s materials and techniques to explore how his prints and paintings helped catapult his clients into fame. How were these images used and marketed? Which performers became famous, and who fell into obscurity? See how Toulouse-Lautrec’s work influenced the rise of celebrity culture—a culture that is just as vibrant and volatile today.

Registrants will be emailed a link to access the talk on Thursday, May 13.

About the Speaker

Jay A. Clarke

Clarke is Rothman Family Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2009 to 2018, she was Manton Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; she also taught graduate seminars in art history at Williams College. Clarke is the author of Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009) and edited Picasso/Encounters (2017), Machine Age Modernism (2015), and The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013).