Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne
Paris 1880-1910

This exhibition celebrates avant-garde artists--—including the legendary Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century. Through a variety of paintings and other materials, visitors will explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances, and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city.

Drawn from prestigious private collections, the artworks in this exhibition were made by a generation of artists who battled against the formality of Academic art standards, rebelling against the styles of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism espoused by artists like Georges Seurat, Paul Gaugin, and Vincent Van Gogh. In addition to paintings by Henri Tolouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassat, Paul Heleu, Juan Gris, and Pierre Bonnard, special attention is given to small groups of artists –the Nauralists, the Symbolists, the Incohérents, and the Nabis—who offered new visions for life and society during this era that has been popularly coined the fin de siècle.

The exhibition includes over 185 objects, ranging from paintings, watercolors, and drawings, to rare cabaret shadow puppets, illustrated theater programs, and archive and ephemera materials from Parisian theaters, circuses, and concerts.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Lead sponsorship for the Nevada Museum of Art exhibition is provided by George and Irene Drews and the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation. Sponsorship provided by Goldcorp, USA. Supporting sponsorship by Earl and Wanda Casazza, Casazza SLV, LLC, and Catherine and John Farahi/Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

His Excellency Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.


Related Programs and Events


    Saturday November 2, 2013 / 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


    Step into the wild streets of belle epoque Paris, where artists and aristocrats alike fill cabarets to watch dancers perform the cancan, drink absinthe, find love and inspiration. Celebrate the grand opening of Mark Estee’s new French-inspired restaurant chez louie and the premiere of the Museum’s Toulouse-Lautrec & La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910.

    Enjoy complimentary champagne and desserts – and dress to impress! Masks and light costuming available for sale by The Melting Pot.

    Performances include dancers performing the cancan, French chanteuse “Kitten on the Keys” playing piano, absinthe served by the “Absinthe Fairy”, French themed desserts and refreshments created by Mark Estee, a photo booth and acrobatic entertainment provided by Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, San Francisco, CA.

    **Costumes encouraged.** Visit our Midtown partners! Build your costume at Junkee’s or design your own at PolyEsther’s – and don’t forget your masks from The Melting Pot!”

    Membership support by NV Energy. Presented Hosted by Barrick Gold of North America.

    Support by Camelot Party Rentals, chez louie, Creative Coverings, Eldorado Hotel & Casino, Junkee Clothing Exchange, The Melting Pot World Emporium, PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique, Reno News & Review, and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

    Entertainment provided by Gregangelo & Velocity Circus, San Francisco, CA.

  • Elizabeth Ferrill on the Materials and Processes of Printmaking in Toulouse-Lautrec’s France

    Friday November 8, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Ferrill discusses the advent of the lithographic techniques used by Toulouse-Lautrec and other avant-garde artists of belle époque France.

  • hands/ON! Puppet Theater

    Saturday November 9, 2013 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a free day at the Museum and participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling.


    10 am - 4 pm | Hand Puppets - Redfield Learning Center
    10 am - 4 pm | Shadow Puppets - Theater Lobby
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus) - 3rd Floor


    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • PREMIERE LECTURE: Phillip Dennis Cate on Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne

    Thursday November 14, 2013 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Phillip Dennis Cate, curator of Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne and editor of accompanying catalogue, explores the too-short life and revolutionary work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

  • Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    Sunday December 8, 2013 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Take an armchair tour of Toulouse-Lautrec’s nineteenth-century Paris on the Museum’s Big Screen, brought to life through Baz Lurhmann’s 2001 modern classic Moulin Rouge!

  • Jodie Barker on Fin-de-Siècle Paris

    Friday December 13, 2013 / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Learn about the variety of forces affecting life in end-of-the century Paris: the cultural and artistic avant-garde, the rise of cosmopolitanism, and the transformation of the role of the artist in city life.

  • Moulin Rouge (1952)

    Sunday December 15, 2013 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Think Baz Lurhmann’s is the only Moulin Rouge? Try this underappreciated color-soaked tale of Toulouse-Lautrec, starring José Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

  • Amélie (2001)

    Sunday January 12, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Amélie earned overwhelming acclaim on its 2001 release. The story of a painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amélie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed. Amélie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness. Celebrate the ending of La Vie Moderne with this fun and creative film.

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Le Chat Noir, 1896. Color lithograph on paper, 55 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches. Stichting Het Kattenkabinet, Amsterdam.

Paris 1880-1910