Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

Scottish National Gallery

6 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

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Aptly titled, this exhibition demonstrates how Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s print works both responded to and fostered the bohemian, celebrity scenes in late 19th-century Paris.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, May Belfort, 1895

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithograph posters, portfolio prints and illustrations not only captured the heady atmosphere in the cabarets, dance halls and cafés of Paris – they helped to create the aura of glamour and celebrity that made the Parisian district of Montmartre famous.

Making stars of entertainers and legends of venues including Le Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir, Toulouse-Lautrec’s designs were part of a revolutionary shift in the history of printmaking, during which the poster became a vehicle for mass marketing.

With over 75 works exhibited alongside those by Toulouse-Lautrec’s contemporaries such as Pierre Bonnard and Walter Sickert, this exhibition captures the bohemian spirit of Paris at the turn of a new century – as well as the masters who captured it.

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Daily, 10am –​ 5pm (until 7pm Thur) Extended opening until 6pm during August

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