Toulouse-Lautrec and the real story of the Moulin Rouge

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Post by Krad on Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:07 am

By Johnathan Jones

"The exhibition concentrates on the sickly southern-aristocrat painter's friendship with a thin, nervous dancer called Jane Avril. Hospitalised for mental illness as a teenager, Avril was mocked by some as a crazy dancer whose legs spun all over the stage while her face remained a mask of misery. But in Toulouse-Lautrec's portraits and posters, she is at once intensely lonely, mysterious and blatantly his object of desire. The bony beauty of Avril blazes eerily in his supercharged vision. The power of Toulouse-Lautrec is that the more seedy and unglamorous he makes places and people look (for he is a savage realist, and faces in his pictures are waxen with pain) the sexier it all is."

I remember studying Toulouse-Lautrec in Art history. We've just finished the Impressionists and then the Post-Impressionist so a certain type of mood was set. The Impressionist traveling into Normandy and absorbing themselves in natures. Van Gogh and Paul Guigins exotic eccentrisisms . ... So a mood was set, but when we came to Toulouse-Lautrec a velvety sort of saloon door was opened.... He was different and different amongst differences, how odd? ..... He painted about a very intimate relationship between himself and these Parisian prostitites. The out casts, the misfit toy. A delicate understanding.. Humanity found with in a distorted emotional , chaotic under world of Paris.

They understood each others pain and misfortune and carried on, they share themselves as artist tend to do.
Quite a few of these girl were rejected because they were just different and forced in desperation to survive . They were caught up in the machine of their times , Victorian Industrial revolution.

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