Where Art Educators Flock Together
Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, FAEA will be providing a variety of digital learning opportunities for members to attend via Zoom. Each event is held live with the instructor, and spaces are limited to provide the best learning experience and engagement for the attendees. All events are recorded and will be available to FAEA members after the event.
Toulouse-Lautrec & the Belle Époque
Presented by: Dr. H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director & Chief Curator
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6:30 p.m. EDT
Log on, and come along for this deep, virtual dive into this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and into Toulouse-Lautrec's startlingly brief but transformative decade-long career.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is one of the most familiar names of the Post-Impressionist era, and his depictions of life in fin-de-siècle Paris remain among the most popular and recognizable today. Indeed, Toulouse-Lautrec's own biographical renown may be outshone only by the renown of his most reproduced imagery, namely his posters representing the world of bohemian Parisian nightlife in the final decade of the 19th century, the so-called Belle Époque. If you think of the Moulin Rouge or the dance hall as the places to be in 1890s Paris, it is because Toulouse-Lautrec's famed drawings and lithographic posters make us certain of it.
This Spring, Toulouse-Lautrec and his world come to life at the Polk Museum of Art in an astonishing exhibition, featuring more than 230 works of art that fill the Museum's main galleries. In this virtual presentation, Dr. H. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art, invites you to join him on an interactive journey into the artist's career and legacy. You will discover how Toulouse-Lautrec's story of hardship as a disabled man, perseverance to overcome his outsidership, and, most importantly, discovery of his own unique niche in the art world still resonates today with students and educators of all ages.
Indeed, a master painter, printer, and illustrator — a true exemplar of the craft of draftsmanship — Toulouse-Lautrec saw no line between fine and commercial art, just as he saw no limits to his ability to live life to its fullest. From his paintings and drawings to the advertisements he was commissioned to produce to entice customers to his own favorite nightspots, in his pictures of the Belle Époque Toulouse-Lautrec created the timeless scenes of France's cabarets, concert halls, and theaters we still cherish today.
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2021 Summer Programing is currently being developed, and information will be available soon. Click on the links above or visit the Summer Workshops page to view the recorded sessions of the 2020 July digital ArtLabs.