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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

From the Studio to the Cabaret: Cézanne and Toulouse-Lautrec’s Post-Impressionist Work

This presentation explores the techniques of the French Post-Impressionist artists Paul Cézanne and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and the connection between these techniques and the artistic context of the late nineteenth century. Both artists worked with still life visuals in a studio setting, bringing life to the canvas through a close focus on space, mass and color. This aim to achieve a certain realism translated in Cézanne’s portraiture technique (he demanded his models sit still “like apples”), and Toulouse-Lautrec’s representations of Parisian cabarets. Cézanne sought to accurately depict his perception of his subjects, whereas Toulouse-Lautrec sought to accurately depict the reality of contemporary city nightlife and its prostitutes and dancers.

Presenter: Ashley Skwirz (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: French
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 10:10 am (Session I)