Oops! I left out one artist predominate in the Chester Dale collection: Henri de  Toulouse-Lautrec. Chester Dale purchased a total of 25 works by this artist.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's work was intimately connected to the life of Montmartre from the start of his professional career. His work featured the singers, dancers, and patrons of the nightclubs like the Moulin Rouge, and the cafés and brothels that dotted the slopes of the Montmartre hillside.

Isolation due to physical handicaps and genetic deformities, (perhaps due to too many family marriages of cousin to cousin) helped Toulouse-Lautrec sympathize with those who frequented the seedy places of Montmartre. He was a master at focusing on one person in the middle of a crowd scene.

Maxime Dethomas (1896)

Rue des Moulins (1894)


A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette (1892)

Quadrille at the Moulin Rouge (1892)

Alfred la Guigne (1894)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period.  He mastered the new medium of color lithography and produced an impressive body of posters and printed illustrations.  Throughout his career, which spanned less than 20 years (he was only 37 when he died), Toulouse-Lautrec created 737 canvases, 275 watercolors, 363 prints and posters and 5,084 drawings. 

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue.
  • Admission is always FREE.
  • Open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Open Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed on December 25 and January 1. 
All photos in this blog post were taken by me during my visit in September, 2013.

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