Art: Cutting Through The Myth

A show sweeps aside the Hollywood image of Toulouse-Lautrec and takes a full, clear look at his vibrant achievement

The retrospective of some 170 paintings, prints and drawings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, after an earlier run at London's Hayward Gallery, rounds off the great series of overviews of 19th century French artists given us by French, American and English museums over the past 15 years. Every one of these -- Manet, Courbet, Cezanne, Seurat, Monet, even the disappointing Renoir -- has altered the way one thinks about the achievements of French art and deeply revised one's view of the individual painters. The Toulouse-Lautrec show, curated by an English art historian, Richard Thomson, and two French ones, Claire Freches-Thory and Anne...

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