We love when two of our favorite subjects, art and decor, combine, so when we got the invite to check out the new Toulouse Lautrec MoMA exhibit complemented by paint and wallpaper from one of our favorite decor sources, Farrow & Ball, we couldn't RSVP fast enough.
The collection is a perfect turn-of-the-century portrait of Paris. Lautrec's unique eye for interesting subjects is unparalleled (and was sometimes quite scandalous in his own time). His prints, posters and lithographs feature the hoi polloi of Paris culture: cafés, dance halls and other nightlife, as well as the actresses, singers and even prostitutes who frequented those establishments.
Another section focuses on Parisains' daytime entertainment: horse racing, outdoor walks in the large wooded sections of Paris — the Bois de Boulogne — and, a new sport, ice skating.
The work is hung on Farrow and Ball's beautiful, buttery wallpaper in Drag, a subtly textured choice that perfectly mirrors the spirit of the art. The installers even noted how, although they were terrified to ruin the paper by adjusting the order of the frames, it recovered so beautifully they almost couldn't find the holes to patch.
Check out the exhibit at MoMA.