Sunday, February 22, 2015

National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Impressions of Paris

Honore Daumier, Bring down the curtain, 1834.

IF Paris, in Walter Benjamin’s expression, was the capital of the 19th century, it was not because it was the greatest, most ­prosperous or most powerful city in ­Europe, for that was undoubtedly London. It was rather because it was the place where consciousness of the new urban world and its moral dimensions was most fully expressed in art and literature.

Such is the city that is the subject of the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Impressions of Paris (until March 9): in works by three artists, Honore Daumier, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, aspects of the city’s public and private life across a half-century or so are revealed to us. More at THE AUSTRALIAN

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Woman combing her hair [Femme qui se peigne] 1896 brush, crayon and spatter lithograph