Printmaking is a very important type of art that was influential in French history in the late 19th century. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the most influential artists of his day, and he was known for his lithographic prints, paintings, and his social life. Toulouse-Lautrec was friends with many dancers, and there was a symbiotic relationship between dancers and visual artists in Paris. The relationship boosted both groups’ celebrity statuses!
This art history lecture is a PowerPoint file and contains 25 slides with a combination of text and images. There are photographs of the artists, dancers, and locations in Montmartre and Paris. There are also many examples of color lithographs.
The lecture begins with a brief introduction about Parisian life in the 19th century to give context about the entertainment venues of the time. There are examples of French posters printed at the time and what they advertised, and there is information about Jules Chéret (Cheret). The types of dances mentioned in this lecture include the quadrille, cancan, chahut, and modern dance. Information about French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is covered. La Goulue, Jane Avril, May Milton, and Loïe (Loie) Fuller are the dancers who Toulouse-Lautrec knew, and he created posters and artwork featuring all of those women.
“Printmakers and Dancers” can be used on its own in an art class as an art history lecture. This could be used as a kickoff for a lithography or printmaking project too. This lecture could be used to teach about art and culture in a history class during a unit on French history or in a French class. Dance instructors could find this lecture featuring female dancers useful as well.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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