Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. Everyone knows his most famous works presenting the stars of Montmartre, bourdelles and cabarets. But not everyone knows his interest in photographies.
Toulouse-Lautrec‘s close friend was Maurice Guibert who was a self-thought photographer, an agent for the champagne company Moët and Chandon and a member of the Société française de photographie. He took plenty of very interesting photographs of Toulouse-Lautrec, often using photomontages. Maurice Guibert’s work not only documents the life and creation of the painter, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, it also highlights how much photography was emerging as a specific artistic discipline that was going through its own experimentations and aesthetic. Although the amateur photographer was simply following one of the common photographic conventions of the turn of the century, his ironic perspective on the subject drew emphasis to the special position of the already internationally known artist. Here we found 10 photographic reasons why you should fall in love in Toulouse-Lautrec:
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