toulouse museum

One of the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was born on this day in 1864. This 1891 oil painting is on display in Gallery 65, alongside works by Pissarro, Manet, Degas, van Gogh and Monet. Despite being painted in oil, the absorbent card gives the surface a dry, pastel-like appearance


Some spectacular works from the Hammer Museum (@thehammermuseum​) have arrived at The Huntington and will go on view in the Huntington Art Gallery tomorrow in “Van Gogh & Friends: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism from the Hammer Museum”!

The exhibition will feature three paintings by Vincent van Gogh—including Hospital at Saint-Rémy (1889) and The Sower (ca.1888)—as well as Claude Monet’s View of Bordighera (1884), Alfred Sisley’s Timber Yard at Saint-Mammès (1880), and Camille Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre, Mardi Gras (1897). Other works include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Study for “In the Salon on the Rue des Moulins” (1894), Paul Cezanne’s Boy Resting (ca. 1887), and Paul Gauguin’s Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin (1889).

Just downstairs from this show, the Hammer’s beloved Dr. Pozzi at Home (1881) by John Singer Sargent, has taken up temporary residence in the Thornton Portrait Gallery, home to Pinkie and Blue Boy.

“Van Gogh & Friends” will be on view through Jan. 2, 2017.

Also opening tomorrow: “Blast! Modernist Painting in Britain, 1900-1940″

Read more about these new exhibitions on VERSO.

3 gallery views of “Van Gogh & Friends”

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Hospital at Saint-Rémy, 1889, oil on canvas, 36 5/16 x 28 in. The Armand Hammer Collection, gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Claude Monet (1840-1926), View of Bordighera, 1884, oil on canvas, 26 x 32 3/16 in. The Armand Hammer Collection, gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Touc, Seated on a Table, ca. 1879-1881, oil on panel, 9 ¼ x 5 9/16 in. The Armand Hammer Collection, gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Gallery view of Thornton Portrait Gallery, with the Hammer Museum’s Dr. Pozzi at left.

Will You Marry Me?

This is how some French people get married: In style, I dare say! This is not too shabby, isn’t it?

Visiting Toulouse in France this summer, I found the Place du Capitole. This is nothing less than the square in front of the city hall, named rightly so Le Capitole. The building is old, the name as well, and the entrance to the very impressive rooms inside - is free. So I thought, let’s have a look.

It was a Sunday, therefore quite a handful of people climbed up the stairs with me to marvel at various paintings, depicting various periods of art.

The staircase starts with a mock medieval mural which already leaves you spechless. Many flashes from many cameras told me others were as impressed as I was. Through the door to the first hall or salle as the French like to say. There we were allowed to gape with open mouths at curvy bodies, some bare bosoms, gorgeous gentlemen, horses and hounds, and lush flowers, lots of flowers, countless bouquets of flowers. That was it? No, it wasn’t.

Picturesque pointilism awaited us in the next room, performed by one painter called Henri Martin. He shows us his world at the shores of La Garonne, the river that runs through Toulouse. Blues and greens dominate this room, soothing, relaxing, just sit there and dream. Is that it now? Oh no, it isn’t, just you wait.

The last room, la Salle des Illustres, is the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake. And a VERY sweet one in this cake, er, case. You peek through the open door into this room, you look to your right and to your left and you humbly think: No, no, I can’t do this, I can’t enter here, this must surely be the king’s very own splendid appartements! Marble columns, gold embroidered, carry a curved ceiling, depicting rich heavens with plump cherubs watching over us from clouds. The long walls guide your eyes to discover armies at battle, innocent children, towns on fire by the enemy, monks and angels, naked women with flags, oh so many flags, it’s a sea of flags. This is French history, bon sang, c’est vachement très français!

And you can marry here your Prince Charming or Lady Love. The chairs are all lined up, what are you waiting for?

photo by Daniela Faber 2017