Milan hosts major Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit

17 Oct-18 Feb. Toulouse-Lautrec on show at Milan's Royal Palace.

Over 250 paintings, lithographs and posters by Post-Impressionist master of many artistic disciplines Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) are on show at Milan’s Royal Palace until the new year.

Articulated in thematic sections, the exhibit aims to help the visitor understand the fascination and artistic relevance of the bohemian – although noble born – painter, who produced a new and provocative realism, an extreme synthesis of shape, colour and movement, without ever belonging to a specific school.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s evolution of style is displayed in the show across the phases of its maturing, from painting to graphics.  It pays particular attention to his close familiarity with the Japanese prints popular at the time, and his passion for photography.

The co-curators of the exhibition are art expert and author Claudia Beltramo Ceppi Zevi, and Danièle Devynck, director of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in the artist’s birthplace of Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées, which holds the largest collection of the artist’s works.

The exhibition is open on Mondays from 14.30 to 19.30, on other days from 09.30 to 19.30, and on Thursdays and Saturdays additionally until 22.30.  Entrance costs €12, including a free audio guide. Tickets can be pre-booked on the dedicated website, which also carries a detailed chronology of the artist’s brief life, and a commentary on the seven sections of the exhibit.

Guided group visits for adults and for various levels of school children are also available: details on the website.