By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Since it reopened in February after nearly seven months of renovations, the Norton Museum of Art has been busy making up for lost time. It’s fourth intriguing exhibition of the summer, Posters by Toulouse-Lautrec, opened last month and will be on view through Dec. 10. It’s the first time in 45 years that the Norton has presented a show by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one of the best-known French artists. Curated by its summer interns under the guidance of curator Tim Wride, the show features a robust selection of the bohemian Parisian’s bold lithographs from the 1890s. Many posters were advertisements for the Montmartre cabarets, like the Moulin Rouge, of which the diminutive artist was a distinctive fixture, while others were documents of France’s fin de siecle quotidien.
Photo: Reine de Joie, 1892, from the private collection of Jan Willinger.