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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec & Malromé

Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec settles down in 1883. She finds here the serenity, the stability that her nomad life with Alphonse had not permitted.

Henri is 19 years old, he leads a Parisian life, studies in the workshops of great Masters: Léon Bonnat and Fernand Cormon.
Each summer brings him back to Malromé. He stays until the grape harvests which he describes in his drawings. He paints his mother surrounded by hydrangeas. He settles here his summer workshop, and the walls still have the mark. He takes advantage of the warmth of maternal love and of the proximity with his cousins at the Castle of Respide.

Malromé is his refuge, he dies here on September 9th 1901 at almost 37 years old.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec & Malromé

Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec settles down in 1883. She finds here the serenity, the stability that her nomad life with Alphonse had not permitted.

Henri is 19 years old, he leads a Parisian life, studies in the workshops of great Masters: Léon Bonnat and Fernand Cormon.
Each summer brings him back to Malromé. He stays until the grape harvests which he describes in his drawings. He paints his mother surrounded by hydrangeas. He settles here his summer workshop, and the walls still have the mark. He takes advantage of the warmth of maternal love and of the proximity with his cousins at the Castle of Respide.

Malromé is his refuge, he dies here on September 9th 1901 at almost 37 years old.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

A different approach of the Artist

Malromé is a lively space, which celebrates Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s artwork and demonstrates his privacy. Limited in his movements, weakened by his sufferings, upset by his loves, all the physical and moral constraints required by his illness, lead him to enhance them, by a total freedom in his pictorial practice.

The vision that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has on the society in this end of century, is deeply human. Witness of his time, Henri transcends all that is grotesque and tragic in the human comedy.

He does not stand as a judge, he who is victim of quick judgments. His drawings, his paintings show the reality of situations hard to live with. He reaches the reality of the human being behind the social mask.

He observed this life from an outside look, with the distance that his appearance required. His sharp sensibility allowed him a total comprehension of those with whom he shared a certain exclusion.

Without material and moral constraints, he knew how to release the pictorial language from the straitjacket of the codes of academic painting and blew a wind of freedom that he let us in heritage. In the effervescence of this turn of the century, he is at the forefront of his generation, and contributes to the renewal of the pictorial art.

The animation of the visits of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s apartments and the preservation of his heritage are managed by Mrs. Colette Paris, trained at the Ecole du Louvre.

Guided tour of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s appartments

Malromé is a lively space, which celebrates Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s artwork and demonstrates his privacy. Limited in his movements, weakened by his sufferings, upset by his loves, all the physical and moral constraints required by his illness, lead him to enhance them, by a total freedom in his pictorial practice.

The vision that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has on the society in this end of century, is deeply human. Witness of his time, Henri transcends all that is grotesque and tragic in the human comedy.

He does not stand as a judge, he who is victim of quick judgments. His drawings, his paintings show the reality of situations hard to live with. He reaches the reality of the human being behind the social mask.

He observed this life from an outside look, with the distance that his appearance required. His sharp sensibility allowed him a total comprehension of those with whom he shared a certain exclusion.

Without material and moral constraints, he knew how to release the pictorial language from the straitjacket of the codes of academic painting and blew a wind of freedom that he let us in heritage. In the effervescence of this turn of the century, he is at the forefront of his generation, and contributes to the renewal of the pictorial art.

The animation of the visits of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s apartments and the preservation of his heritage are managed by Mrs. Colette Paris, trained at the Ecole du Louvre.

Guided tour of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s appartments

Contemporary art

Artistic program & openness

In the Eastern wing, the huge floor is entirely dedicated to contemporary art. The important wall offers a space favourable to the exhibition of artworks in optimal conditions of preservation.

On the South side, separated from this gallery by a mediation space, a more intimate room welcomes original artworks of Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, lent or bought.

Concerned with maintaining a strong link of coherence with the history of the place, the program of the Castle Malromé favours a guideline including three research lines:

  • First of all, artists whose thematics echo with those broached by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
  • Artists from Asia. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec had a real passion for Japanese print art, he borrowed to this art the taste of simplicity and the audacious layout. This committed position echoes with the French-Asian origin of the family owner of the Castle Malromé.
  • Finally, the history of the Castle and the heritage of the region also form an interesting line of research and exploration: the vineyard culture, the very close pilgrimage of Verdelais, the history of the Rosteguy de Lancre family founder of the domain in the 16th Century…

In the Eastern wing, the huge floor is entirely dedicated to contemporary art. The important wall offers a space favourable to the exhibition of artworks in optimal conditions of preservation.

On the South side, separated from this gallery by a mediation space, a more intimate room welcomes original artworks of Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, lent or bought.

Concerned with maintaining a strong link of coherence with the history of the place, the program of the Castle Malromé favours a guideline including three research lines:

  • First of all, artists whose thematics echo with those broached by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
  • Artists from Asia. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec had a real passion for Japanese print art, he borrowed to this art the taste of simplicity and the audacious layout. This committed position echoes with the French-Asian origin of the family owner of the Castle Malromé.
  • Finally, the history of the Castle and the heritage of the region also form an interesting line of research and exploration: the vineyard culture, the very close pilgrimage of Verdelais, the history of the Rosteguy de Lancre family founder of the domain in the 16th Century…

The exhibitions

ANGÉLIQUE DE CHABOT
Arising from the Nadir
October 6 – December 12 2018

The works of Angélique de Chabot (b. 1988) bring to life a strange bestiary of chimeras. Like precious monsters, totems and magic talismans, her creatures are hybrids of shellfish and feathered beasts with silky hides. They explore animist mysticism, immortal metaphysics, the persistence of the sacred, and its continued embodiment in our lives. The giant dragon that snakes its way through the Galerie of Château Malromé is so huge it might have grown within these walls over millennia. It was, at the very least, created here, over months and several journeys across the South West, as the artist collected and assembled her eclectic materials. Oysters from the Bassin d’Arcachon, feathers of rare birds, and happened-upon skins of various beasts are laid over a skeleton of charred branches gathered from the woods around Malromé. Each animal seems to have offered its hide to give the beast life. There is something of an ancient and universal divinity in this giant reptile. The dragon is found in practically all mythologies, especially in the East. It embodies the idea of the sacred particularly well – its indestructible dimension, the incredible driving force it generates, and the balance it strives to strike between good and evil. The dragon represents wisdom but also inspires terror. “I try to instil all of this into a mystical beast that we would come to worship,” says the artist.

Il surgit du Nadir (“Arising from the Nadir”) is Angélique de Chabot’s first large-scale exhibition. Drawing countless stories in its wake, this dragon is a resurgence – both birth and rebirth. In astronomy, the Nadir is the opposite of the zenith. You must travel through the centre of the Earth, descend into its inner-most depths, mineral and marine, and deep into your inner-self, as you travel back in time. The Nadir is, in some ways, a sort of black sun.

Exhibition curator: Richard Leydier

“I try to instil all of this into a mystical beast that we would come to worship”
“I try to instil all of this into a mystical beast that we would come to worship”