September 5-November 15, 2015

This groundbreaking exhibition features the art of famed French painter, printmaker and illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec alongside that of other vanguard 19th-century French artists who helped shape a fresh vision of art and life in the City of Light. This ambitous exhibition offers Baton Rouge a vision of 19th-century Paris in all its romance and splendor.


In the 19th century, Paris was a place of great artistic experimentation and cultural innovation, a city that sizzled with the energy and vitality of modern life. During this period, artists like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonard, Juan Gris and Mary Cassatt came together to make Paris one of the great cultural and artistic capitols of the world. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 brings together 185 artworks by some of France’s most famous artists, most of whom have never been shown in Baton Rouge. The exhibition features celebrated French paintings, watercolors, and drawings alongside posters, theater programs and props from famed Parisian theaters, circuses, cabarets, and café-concerts, recreating the energy and dynamism of France’s great capitol city.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 offers an inspiring vision of how art can enliven and animate a city. The exhibition celebrates art as a force at the center of urban renewal and social change. It showcases how the art of vanguard French artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec animated and inspired the people of Paris, and caused them to think in new ways about art’s role in their lives and their city.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. His Excellency Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.



Carole and Charles Lamar
Charles Schwing
Consulate General of France in New Orleans
Fran and Leroy Harvey
McGlinchey Stafford
Virginia and John Noland
PPG Paints
Cary Saurage
Brian Schneider Company
Josef Sternberg Memorial Fund
Barbara and Terry Zellmer
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Katherine and Paul Spaht
Sandy Arst
Breazele, Sachse, and Wilson
E. John Bullard III
Melanie and George Clark
Andrea and Christopher Grenier
Elizabeth Mangham
Kevin V. Mulcahy, Ph.D.
Gail and Bill O'Quin



NOVEMBER 8  Can-Can Dance Class

Want to kick your legs like the Can-Can dancers at the Moulin Rouge?  Oui, Oui!!!  You, too, can be the inspiration for artists like Toulouse Lautrec, or just experience the culture of the Bohemian Revolution.  Renee Chatelain of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will teach some of the basics of Can-Can dancing for men and women, as well as provide insight on movement as it related to cultural trends during the late 1800's and early 20th century.


All ages are welcome, as well as skirts, heels, open minds and a great sense of humor!

2-3pm |  Fith Floor  |  Free with gallery admission



A celebration of French wine, food, and art! Relax as chefs from local French restaurants guide you through a variety of French food and wine pairings. The exhibition will be open for viewing. 

SEPTEMBER 17  Galatoire's Bistro

OCTOBER 15  Louisiana Culinary Institute

NOVEMBER 5  Les Amis Bake Shoppe

6pm  |  Fifth Floor  |  $35 members/$40 non-members






LSU art history professor Darius Speith will provide an introduction on how the exhibition's works captured the essence of Parisian modernism and why they continue to speak to us so strongly today.

2pm  |  Fifth Floor  |  Free Admission


Costume designer Brandon Mc Williams discusses 19th-century Parisian clothing design.

6pm  |  Fifth Floor  |  Free Admission


LSU art history professor Darius Speith examines mind, body, and character in 19th-century French art.

6pm  |  Fifth Floor  |  Free Admission




Enjoy free admittance into the museum from 1-5pm along with family-friendly art activities.

September 6  |  October 4  |  November 1


Join local artist Alison Adams and create your own unique poster inspired by the exhibition.

10am - 12pm  |  $15 members/$20 non-members


Arts educator Cindy Blair leads an all-ages workshop on shadow puppets.

10am - 12pm  |  $2 per person/FREE for members