The Posters of Paris exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) will close shortly on September 9th. Three new exhibit-related books have recently entered our collection. The first is Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries, the official exhibition catalog published by MAM. After the exhibit closes, this book will bring back colorful memories of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha and many more artists who put the belle into Belle Époque Paris with their lively posters.
Of all the Montmartre entertainers Lautrec painted, he became friends only with Jane Avril. One of his posters of her appears on the cover of Posters of Paris. They were the joint subject of a 2011 Courtauld Gallery exhibit and book, Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge. Lautrec portrayals of her as a private person little resembled her as the dancer nicknamed La Mélinite after an explosive. In posters, he captured her unusual combination of frenetic dancing with an impassive face that sometimes led critics to describing her public persona as "depraved virginity" and "perverted sanctity."
Jules Chéret's name has faded over the decades, but when he died, The Milwaukee Journal published a seven-column appreciation of the "poster king" in its November 27th, 1932 Sunday Magazine section. Jules Chéret: Artist of the Belle Époque and Pioneer of Poster Art is an English-German exhibition catalog for a retrospective held last year at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany.
Van Lingle Mungo @ Central