Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue (Poster), 1891, Colour lithograph, 182.8 x 115.5cm, Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, presented by Mrs. J. T. Clarke, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Opening Talk: Toulouse-Lautrec: Faces and Grimaces

Toulouse-Lautrec was a committed and highly professional artist, despite the Hollywood viewpoint. He was closely engaged with the diverse and vibrant entertainment world of fin-de-siècle Paris, and analysis of his paintings, posters and prints reveals how he knew the visual vocabularies of its seedy subcultures. Lautrec had a wicked sense of humour which added spice to his imagery, as we will see in this talk by Richard Thomson, Research Professor in the History of Art, University of Edinburgh.