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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

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI - DAIDO MORIYAMA

The Castle Malromé has reopened its doors on the 1st of August 2017, with the first inaugural exhibition in its new area located in the Eastern wing of the castle.

In this exhibition, the subjects photographed by Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama singularly echo with the themes dealt with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. In front of intimate shots of women by Araki, we see the fascination of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for the feminine universe, sensitive, elegant and deeply human. The Tango Dancers of Moriyama inevitably evokes the taste for the show and the esthetic in the artwork « Marcelle Lender dancing the bolero » – 1899.

Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama also take a look on human race both tender and obscure. They capture the ow of life in its dimensions, both vitalist and deadly, to draw up a report in the form of a memento mori. The flowers’ fragile beauty contains the promise of their inevitable withering. Human existence has his part of joy, love, innocence, but also loneliness, sadness and bereavement. This inaugural exhibition focuses on revealing intimate coincidences, to offer the visitors a double point of view on the world today and in particular on contemporary Japan.

Realized with the precious support of Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris-London. Curator of the exhibition: Richard Leydier

In this exhibition, the subjects photographed by Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama singularly echo with the themes dealt with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. In front of intimate shots of women by Araki, we see the fascination of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for the feminine universe, sensitive, elegant and deeply human. The Tango Dancers of Moriyama inevitably evokes the taste for the show and the esthetic in the artwork « Marcelle Lender dancing the bolero » – 1899.

Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama also take a look on human race both tender and obscure. They capture the ow of life in its dimensions, both vitalist and deadly, to draw up a report in the form of a memento mori. The flowers’ fragile beauty contains the promise of their inevitable withering. Human existence has his part of joy, love, innocence, but also loneliness, sadness and bereavement. This inaugural exhibition focuses on revealing intimate coincidences, to offer the visitors a double point of view on the world today and in particular on contemporary Japan.

Realized with the precious support of Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris-London. Curator of the exhibition: Richard Leydier

This inaugural exhibition focuses on revealing intimate coincidences, to offer the visitors a double point of view on the world today and in particular on contemporary Japan.
This inaugural exhibition focuses on revealing intimate coincidences, to offer the visitors a double point of view on the world today and in particular on contemporary Japan.