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Picturing a World

Parisian posters

On Sunday, I attended the opening lecture for a new exhibition at the Clark Art Institute, The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, which examines works drawn or printed on paper. The show runs through January 1, 2018, with several talks and activities along the way. If you can’t make it to Williamstown, the website has valuable on-line resources, including a gallery of images.

So why am I posting the image of a painting instead of a drawing or print? Well, because it depicts posters, works on paper! And more to the point, Jay A. Clarke showed it during her lecture to illustrate how advertising posters by Toulouse-Lautrec were originally hung on the streets of Paris. I was delighted by the street scene but missed the name of the artist. When I got home Sunday evening, I e-mailed an inquiry to the curatorial department at the Clark. Promptly on Monday morning, helpful assistant Regina Noto replied with the answer and I could search it out. As long-time readers of this blog know, the Clark collection, exhibitions, and library were tremendous resources for me while I was researching Where the Light Falls. The vibrant institution continues to be one of my favorite places. Kudos to the staff for their superb programming and all-round helpfulness.

For more about Carrier-Belleuse, click here.

For additional images by the artist (including one of Mending the Pots that can be enlarged), click here. NB: Another Carrier-Belleuse painting at this site depicts an elegant hat salon—very different from Degas’ depictions of milliners’ shops.
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