"One of his most famous posters was an advertisement for the Moulin Rouge which was in the Montmartre district in Paris," said David Merhib, the Washington Pavilion's Director of the Visual Arts Center.
Toulouse Lautrec grew up in Paris in the late 1800s.
His paintings and lithographs portrayed the colorful theater, the exciting nightlife, and a time of decadence.
"Toulouse Lautrec captured that. He was one of those artists that was breaking away in the classical sense where neoclassical artists created works that resembled those of the Roman times. Lautrec said why don't we produce work of the time that we live in?"
His lithographs, or fine art reproduced, were revolutionary.
"Toulouse Lautrec took a next step further and really created what we know as the modern day poster. Any poster you see in a café or in a bar, those posters really stemmed from Toulouse Lautrec," said Merhib.
This particular exhibit at the Washington Pavilion's VAC comes from the Athens Museum of Art.
"This is more than 150 works of art that they've sent to the United States for a U.S. Tour. We're one of four venues to receive the work," said Merhib.
You can see 12 of Lautrec's most famous posters at the VAC. Imagery followed by words that many of us recognize.
For additional information about the exhibit click on this link: https://www.washingtonpavilion.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=95812DD5-06B6-4240-9F36-3978837375DA
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