If you love Paris as much as I do, don’t miss the High Museum of Art, Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends Exhibit at the Woodruff Arts Center, through May 1st, 2011. There are more than 80 prints, drawings and sculptures by some of my favorite French artists, including 47 prized Toulouse-Lautrec prints, posters and paintings. You will also see artists Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Paul Gauguin (1848-1902) and sculpture by Charles Cordier (1827-1905).
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec work is the centerpiece of this exhibit. He used his friends that frequented the cafes, bars and brothels in the working class neighborhood of Montmarte as his subjects. My favorite is his lithograph entitled, The Clowness at the Moulin Rouge. The Clowness illustrates the famed contortionists Cha-u-kao. It is one of only 20 impressions created by the artist. This exhibit was made possible by prominent Atlanta collectors, Irene and Howard Stein.
After a morning at the High Museum of Art, be sure and have lunch at the High Museums Restaurant Table 1280. They serve American cuisine with Regional flavors. If the weather is nice, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the new orchid exhibit, Liquid Landscapes or visit Fernbank Museum, home of Atlanta’s dinosaurs. See you back at our Atlanta Bed and Breakfast for some Afternoon Sweets.