[Screengrab from Charlie Rose's hour-long 1998 conversation with French painter Francoise Gilot. The program is still available in the archives here.]
This morning I popped into the High Museum of Art for a quick preview of Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends: The Stein Collection, a striking exhibition opening Saturday, January 29. Howard and Irene Stein, another collecting couple, have been acquiring fin-de-siècle posters and prints since the 1970s and today posses a world-renowned collection of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Happily for Atlanta and the High, the Steins are generous. Recently the couple gave the museum 47 works of art, encompassing pieces by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Degas, Bonnard, and Daumier. And this is in addition to their past contributions.
So, the new show celebrates the gift. As soon as the elevator doors opened, I was hit with a visual punch that quickly re-introduced me to Toulouse-Lautrec's brilliant use of color and simple line. Running concurrently with the Stein exhibition is Delacroix to Picasso: European Prints and Drawings from the High's Collection on view through May 1, 2011. Entering this show, I smiled when I looked up and saw one of Picasso's large drawings of Francoise Gilot. (In light of all my past Gilot-related posts, I had to mention it.) With Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century just around the corner (opens February 19), a great new season is unfolding at the High.
[Image via Christie's.]
Related past posts: That Necklace Again and Fonts Instead of Faces.
And a quick reminder: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts February 19, 2011.