Happy 150th Birthday, Toulouse-Lautrec!
If you’ve been on Google Today, you will notice the logo has been converted into a google doodle of the iconic artist and graphic designer Toulouse-Lautrec.
Toulouse-Lautrec was an iconic avant-garde artist and graphic designer of his time. He was an artist, print maker, illustrator and graphic designer born Nov 24, 1864 and died September 9th, 1901.
His work was recently featured at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton in the exhibit “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910”, which our Agency had the opportunity to visit in November. We saw up-close and personal his work including the famous poster of “Tournee du Chat Noir”.
“It’s really quite something to see the “Tournee du Chat Noir” poster in person. Every graphic designer and art history major studies this piece in school. It’s one of the most recognized posters – it hangs in living rooms, is printed on fridge magnets and other memorabilia items – but to see it in person along with his other work really makes you appreciate art and design of this era on a different level.”
His work depicted the theatre life and bohemian nightlife of Paris in the late 1800’s. Many of his works showcased provocative imagery of theatre dancers, including many scenes of the Moulin Rouge, and many pieces for the production of “Le Chat Noir” Cabaret. He is one of the most iconic graphic artists of the post-impressionist period, mainly due to the risqué subject matter, and his individual style.
His artwork is truly a reflection of its time, which pushed the boundaries of the subject matter in art, design and advertising.