"There was a boy...a very strange and special boy..." before this just becomes an ode to Natalie Cole — did that remind you of Moulin Rouge?
I had a very magical, very Lautrec, experience when I was last at the MFA — I was headed for the Frida Kahlo exhibit when I walked by a large poster about Lautrec, encouraging me to head down the stairs to see for myself — it was extremely Midnight in Paris!
Lautrec has long been a favorite of mine — I would love to have a copy of each of his prints, and the exhibit at the MFA Boston was a dream.
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's story is unique. He wasn't exactly the starving, bohemian, belle epoque artist you might expect.
His family not only encouraged his artistic skill, but they supported him financially.
An accident and childhood illnesses led to his stunted growth, which helped him fit in with the 'others' in society, who he felt close to because of his deformity.
The Moulin Rouge, Palais Garnier, and other popular night clubs were his favorite spots to gather inspiration.
In fact, his fanciful and beautiful advertisements were some of the first real expert commercial ads to Parisian entertainment — a proper 19th century Don Draper.
What's so fascinating about his works is how interesting they still are today — their artistic virtues are just as valued as when they were originally printed.
Which one would you choose to hang at home?