Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the art of celebrity (paperback)

National Galleries of Scotland
Hannah Brocklehurst, Frances Fowle
Page Count:
120 printed pages
100 Colour
Item Size:
17 x 30 cm

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This book offers a beautiful exploration of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's works in lithography. Created to accompany the exhibition Pin-Ups | Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

It explores the new artistic approach to the poster at the end of the 19th century, which bridged visual and popular culture and turned the relationship between 'high' and 'low' art on its head. Technical innovations in lithography pioneered by Lautrec and other artists produced larger sizes, more varied colours and new effects and launched the role of the poster as a powerful tool for communication and marketing in fin de siècle Paris. Lautrec's embrace of celebrity helped to define the famous hotspots (theatres, cabarets and café-concerts) of fin de siècle Paris and made their stars recognisable figures across the whole city.

Works by contemporaries such as Pierre Bonnard, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen and Jules Chéret also feature, and Lautrec's influence on British, and particularly Scottish, artists of the period will be explored. These include Walter Richard Sickert, Arthur Melville, John Duncan Fergusson, William Nicholson and James Pryde.