Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec & The Art of Celebrity, Scottish National Gallery, review - the visionary pop artist who beat Warhol by a century

Detail from Troupe de Mlle Églantine by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1896) 
Detail from Troupe de Mlle Églantine by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1896)  Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Move over, Andy Warhol. The painter who first celebrated “iconic” fame in bright, shiny, mass-produced images wasn’t a Sixties pop artist, but a post-impressionist who barely lived to see the 20th century, let alone the the culture of mass fame he helped create. Or that’s the implication of this revealing exhibition of the posters and graphic work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Always the odd one out among the impressionists and post-impressionists – an aristocrat with louche sexual tastes, who has become almost as famous for his stunted growth as his art – Toulouse-Lautrec had little interest in landscape. He preferred the seedy dancehalls of Montmartre and the company of cabaret performers and...

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