This weekend I made the journey to Canberra to see the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery. So inspired by Lautrec’s post impressionist paintings of the provocative, colourful and theatrical life of the dark side of Paris night life in the late 1800s.
Lautrec, whose images made the Moulin Rouge famous, painted the seedy nightclubs and brothels of the city and the women that frequented them, with such colour and intensity.
Lautrec died at the young age of 37, and even though he only painted professionally for less than 20 years, he created an astounding 737 canvases, 275 watercolours, 363 prints and posters – many of which are in the exhibition in Canberra.
I highly recommend a trip to see the exhibition and while you are there take in some of the great restaurants in Canberra and the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday morning – a real treat!