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Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha Ten years in Paris

2022-10-15 – 2023-01-09

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Summary

Focusing on the decade from 1891 to 1900 when Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) were both active in Paris, the city of art, this exhibition is anchored by the lithograph posters that were an important part of each artist’s repertoire. Toulouse-Lautrec produced his first poster, Moulin Rouge―La Goulue, in 1891, and, three years later, Mucha debuted his first poster, Gismonda. Both were big hits, making Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha celebrated artists of their time.

While both artists found themselves thrust into the limelight thanks to their first posters, they worked in different parts of central Paris on opposite sides of the River Seine, with Toulouse-Lautrec in Montmartre, and Mucha in Montparnasse. This show focuses on the two artists—poster artists who were two leading artists of La Belle Époque—taking note of aspects involved in their creative output, such as their studios, printers, and clients.

The show provides a very rare opportunity to view a wide variety of works, presenting all thirty-one priceless posters that Toulouse-Lautrec put out in a mere decade, as well as different states* and test prints, something made possible thanks to the Suntory Poster Collection deposited with the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka.

* “States” refers to different forms of a print in which the same work is produced differently, for example, with different colors of ink or before the addition of text, all of which are completed works constituting various variations, differentiated by being referred to as “first state” and “second state,” etc.

Information about the Exhibition

DatesOctober 15, 2022 – January 9, 2023
Closed on Mondays (except January 2, January 9). Closed on December 31, January 1
Opening hours10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:30)
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 4F Galleries
OrganizerNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, The Asahi Shimbun
Admission feeAdults: 1,600 yen
University/High school students: 1,300 yen

* The museum may close without notice in the event of disasters or other circumstances beyond our control.
* Prices include tax.
* School groups visiting the museum should apply at least four weeks in advance. See the schools page for details (Japanese-language only).
* Admission for persons with mental or physical disabilities (along with one attendant) is available at half the same-day admission fee (disability certificate required). Apply at the ticket counter (2F) on the day.

Highlights

1. All thirty-one posters by Toulouse-Lautrec presented together The show presents under one roof all thirty-one posters created by Toulouse-Lautrec during this decade, starting with the debut of Moulin Rouge―La Goulue.

2. Lautrec and Mucha works compared from year to year The show presents the art of Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha in a mannner that enables a comparison of the works the artists put out each year, starting with 1891, when Toulouse-Lautrec started creating posters, until 1900.

Chapters2 1895 – 1897
Head-to-head at Salon des Cent

From 1895 to 1897, exhibitions held and organized at the art gallery Salon des Cent by the literary magazine La Plume were the most likely point of contact between the two artists. During this time, both Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha were very productive, producing lithographs for a wide range of commissions and showing their work at numerous shows, as well as holding solo exhibitions.

  • Alphonse Mucha, Salon des Cent / Vingtième Exposition
    1896

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Elles| Fourth State
    1896

Chapters3 1898 – 1900
Toulouse-Lutrec's last poster and Mucha's peak in Paris

This was a period when Toulouse-Lautrec’s health was deteriorating. He poured his energy into drawing, and delivered a drawing for Au Bal des Étudiants, considered to be his last poster. Meanwhile, Mucha made a substantial contribution to Expo 1900 Paris through the Austrian Pavilion and the Bosnia-Herzegovina Pavilion. His efforts were recognized by the Austrian government, which made him a Knight of the Order of Franz Joseph I.

  • Alphonse Mucha, Amethyst: The Precious Stones
    1900

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Au Bal des Étudiants | Without Letters
    1900

Chapters4 1901–
Toulouse-Lautrec's life comes to a end; Mucha's style matures and attains perfection

In 1901, Toulouse-Lautrec died at the age of thirty-six at Château Malromé, the home of his beloved mother, Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec. Mucha, who found new resolve to create art for the sake of his Czech homeland thanks to Expo 1900 Paris, left Paris, traveling to America before returning to western Bohemia (the Czech Republic today). Around this time, he published Documents Décoratifs (1902) , representing a culmination of his work in Paris, presenting patterns and motifs demonstrating the marvelous maturity and perfection of his style.

  • Alphonse Mucha, Ivy
    1901

  • Alphonse Mucha, Laurel
    1901

Chapters5 Drink posters from Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha's time in Paris

Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha were in Paris at a time when the population was growing, the entertainment districts were booming, the demand for leisure was rising, and manufacturing industry was increasingly active. These factors led to growth in the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, and large numbers of posters were produced to advertise such drinks. The show presents contemporaneous lithograph posters for alcoholic beverages, such as Pierre Bonnard’s France-Champagne (1891).

Paris Map in 1900

An old map of Paris shows locations related to Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha.

All the works in the images on this webpage are from the Suntory Poster Collection deposited with the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka.

Did Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha meet?—Exploring the possibility and timing of potential encounters

DateNovember 23 14:00 – 15:30
SpeakersHirai Naoko (Senior Curator, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka)
VenueHall

Surprising Mucha collection—Creating a Mucha collection in Japan, Jiří Mucha

DateDecember 15 14:00 – 15:30
SpeakersOgata Toshiyuki (owner of the Alphonse Mucha Ogata Collection)
VenueHall

Gallery talk by curator

DateDecember 18 14:00 – 15:00
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 4F Gallery