Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Toulouse Lautrec and José Clemente Orozco

Aristide Bruant

I am a bit behind on my birthday congratulations but this week saw the birthdays of two of the greatest: November 24, 1864. Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (24 November 1864 - 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an ?uvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times.

"Lautrec was an aristocrat, but a bohemian, countercultural spirit animates his art. (He drank himself to death by the age of 36.) As opposed to the competitive aggression and rationalistic regimentation of modern business and industry, he evoked a world of sensual pleasure, personal intimacy, expressive spontaneity and erotic play." Ken Johnson, NY Times, 2006

Hombre de fuego (Man of Fire) in the Hospicio Cabañas

November 23, 1883. José Clemente Orozco (November 23, 1883 - September 7, 1949) was a Mexican social realist painter, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance together with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and others. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less realistic and more fascinated by machines than Rivera. Mostly influenced by Symbolism, he was also a genre painter and lithographer.é_Clemente_Orozco

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I knew of Lautrec's work, but not Orozco. Didn't know Lautrec drank himself to death at such a young age. Such a waste.