Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street
In a nutshell
Bold, graphic posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and other French artists depicting daily life, including the cabaret scene. Many of these works were used as advertisements on the street and the large ‘popular graphics’ caught the eye of passersby. The prints, including many lithographs, are in color or bold black and white.
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan is a Queen Anne style red brick building with a beautiful garden area surrounded by boutiques and shops. The exhibition rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The audio guide is in Japanese only, which is disappointing. The introduction, chapter text and the basics about the prints are in English. The information about some of the prints is provided in an English handout.
Anyone who has spent some time in Japan has likely seen ukiyo-e prints. It is fun to reexamine French prints through the lens of the influence of Japonisme.
Seeing the famous Toulouse-Lautrec posters and graphic prints by other famous French artists in person is compelling.
How far out?
Located in Marunouchi, about a five minute walk from the Nijubashi-Mae or Hibiya metro stations.
How much time?
45 minutes to an hour.
How much money?
¥1,700 for general admission, 200 yen discount with a foreign passport.
January 8, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth a special trip.