Toulouse-Lautrec

Ref: C2343801

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa was a pioneering artist in late 19th century Paris and became well known for his depictions of the nightlife and bohemian milieu of Montmartre. But his oeuvre was much wider than this and his draughtsmanship was extraordinary, and many artists continue to draw inspiration from his work. Sadly, he was permanently afflicted by an inherited disease that limited his ability to move around, and he later succumbed to syphilis and alcoholism. This talk examines his life, his experiences in Paris, and his art, including his groundbreaking poster designs.

Course aim

The life and work of the artist Toulouse-Lautrec: his early life and paintings in the countryside around Albi, his move to Paris and discovery of the nightlife of Montmartre, his pioneering poster art, and his tragic early death.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Assess the effects of Lautrec's disability on his work
  • Describe some of the similarities between Lautrec's posters and the Japanese art seen in Europe at the time
  • Give examples of the some of the entertainment personalities that Lautrec knew and painted

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources and to support the lesson. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Toulouse-Lautrec

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
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