Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond The Moulin Rouge
16 June – 18 September 2011
” … this is one of the best small exhibitions of the year…”
“… a cracker of a show.”
Jane Avril, the dancer, was one of the stars of the Moulin Rouge in the 1890s. Known for her alluring style and exotic persona, her fame was assured by a series of dazzlingly inventive posters designed by the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Jane Avril became an emblematic figure in Lautrec’s world of dancers, cabaret singers, musicians and prostitutes. She was also a close friend of the artist and he painted a series of striking portraits of her. These go beyond Toulouse-Lautrec’s exuberant poster images of the start performer and give a more private account of Avril captured off-stage.
This landmark exhibition is the first to celebrate this remarkable creative partnership which has to come to define the world of the Moulin Rouge. Bringing together Toulouse-Lautrec’s most famous paintings, posters and prints from international collections, it captures the excitement and spectacle of bohemian Paris in the 1890s.
- An anonymous donor
- The Friends of The Courtauld