The Van Gogh Museum organized an expert meeting on 1 June on the subject of French 'fin-de-siècle' prints as part of the programme around the exhibition 'Prints in Paris 1900.' Find out more about this inspiring expert session.
A select group of international specialists on fin-de-siècle printmaking came to the museum to share their insights and expertise. The international participants exchanged ideas on meaning, context and materials.
Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Van Gogh Museum, Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho, kicked off the expert meeting by explaining the specific challenges of an exhibition dedicated to prints, and by outlining the synthesis at which she arrived after her many years of research, culminating in the Prints in Paris 1900 exhibition.
Avant-garde artisits such as Bonnard or Toulouse-Lautrec broke through traditional barriers by working in a wide variety of media: ranging from printmaking to painting, by which they broke down the traditional hierarchy between 'high' and 'low' art. Also discussed, was how to tackle the problem of distinguishing a lithograph from a photomechanical reproduction in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec.