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La Bohème. Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre

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At the beginning of 2019, the Galerie Stihl Waiblingen is taking visitors into the glittering world of late 19th-century Montmartre. The exhibition focuses on the vivid posters created by the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for the cabarets, variety shows and stars of the Parisian demi-monde. He was unique in capturing the idiosyncrasies of the stage stars - unvarnished, bordering on caricature. His unabashed, colourful works still evoke the spirit of la bohème. Toulouse-Lautrec was not the only artist to espouse commercial advertising: avant-garde artists such as Pierre Bonnard or Felix Vallotton also embraced this new medium. Jules Chéret, Alfons Mucha and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen actually specialised in drafting posters. Their commercial designs for dance halls and theatres, newspapers, bicycles or cocoa were hailed enthusiastically by art critics and collectors alike.

Starting in France, posters rose up the ranks to become an art form in their own right. Irrespective of their actual commercial purpose, they were regarded as a "gallery of the street", intended to bring contemporary art to the general public. The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Institut für Kulturaustausch Tübingen and the Musée d'Ixelles in Brussels, highlights this blossoming of poster art and presents its most important representatives. Over 100 major works with motifs still popular today showcase the surprisingly multi-faceted and impressive connection between art and mass advertising around 1900.
La Bohème. Toulouse-Lautrec und die Meister von Montmartre
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