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Toulouse-Lautrec : the soul of Montmartre
Heller, Reinhold.
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Publication Information:
Munich ; New York : Prestel, [1997]

Physical Description:
118 pages, 2 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.

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Central Library ND553.T7 H39 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book illustrates Toulouse-Lautrec's singular view of fin-de-siecle Paris through an analysis of his posters for the dance halls and theatres of Montmartre, as well as his drawings of actresses, dancers and prostitutes.

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Choice Review

Heller, art department chair and professor of German language and literature, Univ. of Chicago, provides more than expected from this series dedicated to the economical presentation of specialized topics. Although the writing is often convoluted, the issues considered are appropriate. Problematic is the frequent lack of documentation for assertions not "common knowledge." Heller describes Lautrec's aristocratic upbringing, his battles with physical disproportion and alcoholism. The cafe society of Montmartre emerges as seminal for understanding this creator. Lautrec's training is given careful consideration, as are shifts in his style that match his environment once he embraced the decadence and danger of Montmartre. Heller introduces readers to an anarchistic underground and to cabaret performers who served as Lautrec's models and for whom he designed effective posters, boosting their popularity. His interpretation of Lautrec's posters as anarchistic is based on Richard Sonn's Anarchism and Cultural Politics in Fin-de-Siecle Paris (CH, Oct'89). Heller includes translations of popular songs and photographs to supplement the fine reproductions of Lautrec's imagery. Considering the "norm" for this series, Heller's book is contextually interpretive: it is as much about Montmartre as Toulouse-Lautrec. General; undergraduate. E. K. Menon Mankato State University

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