Toulouse-Lautrec and the French Imprint: Fin-de-Siecle Posters in Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais, 1893
Nov 16, 2006 - Feb 18, 2007
Voorhees Gallery

This major exhibition of 130 important French, Belgian, and Spanish posters is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date dealing with French posters and their influence from the early nineteenth-century Romantic period to Art Nouveau. The exhibition features fifteen works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, including his large 1891 poster for the Moulin Rouge, as well as the chief work of the other leading poster artists working in Paris, such as Jules Chéret and Alphonse Mucha, among others.

Toulouse-Lautrec and the French Imprint is derived primarily from the Zimmerli Art Museum's extensive holdings of posters, one of the largest in the United States. In addition, forty-six rare and significant works are on loan from the private Parisian collection of the descendants of Edmond Sagot, considered the most prominent and influential poster dealer of the period. This is the first time since the end of the nineteenth century that most of these posters from the Sagot collection have been on public view together.

In addition to posters, the exhibition includes a number of unique gouache and watercolor maquettes for posters; lavishly printed Art Nouveau period French and Belgian color lithographic programs for theater, circus, and café-concert performances; and advertisements for a variety of products.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Divan Japonais, 1893


Collection Michel Romand, Paris