Carnivals, Cognac, and Cycling
During the period spanning the turn of the century, Paris, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, experienced an explosion in print media. Now-familiar artists – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others – made names for themselves producing ephemera such as posters, journal illustrations, theatre programs, and advertisements. Drawn from the Robert L. Haskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin-de-Siécle Prints in the GVSU Print and Drawing Cabinet, Carnivals, Cognac and Cycling provides a view into the visual culture of late nineteenth century France, with special attention given to entertainment, advertising, and popular activities in Paris.
Over the 2019 winter semester (January-April), fourteen GVSU students conducted research for this exhibition in the Modern Art and Modernity course, taught by Assistant Professor Ellen Adams (Art Gallery/Frederik Meijer Honors College). Each student “adopted” one work of art for in-depth study, produced original research, and presented their findings to their classmates and now to the university as a whole.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge Bal Tous Les Soirs La Goulue, 1896, color lithograph on paper
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La Chaîne Simpson (detail), 1896, color lithograph,
Fernand Toussaint, Grand Magasins de Nouveautes (detail), 1895, Lithographic Promotional Fan
Pierre Bonnard, France Champagne (detail), 1891, color lithograph poster
To learn more about the history of artwork in 19th century France check out these resources:
- See more French Prints in the GVSU Online Collection
- Read about 19th Century French Paintings
- View the Art Gallery's previous exhibition, Les Nabis: French Prophets of Modern Art, A Selection from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Sicle French Prints. A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
Tancréde Synave, Mlle Fifi (detail), 1895, color lithograph
October 30, 2020 - March 5, 2021
L.V. Eberhard Center
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Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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