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Explosive Acts: Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon, and the Art & Anarchy of the Fin de Siecle

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is known as the disfigured and dangerously self-destructive artist who recorded prolifically the louche world of sexy night-club dancers, lounging whores, and drunken bohemian merriment. Both in his life and art, he is thought to embody the climate of inebriated hilarity and excess of the fin de siecle. But as David Sweetman, the noted biographer ...more
Hardcover, American Edition, 512 pages
Published January 6th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1999)
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Lanny
Apr 21, 2008 Lanny rated it it was amazing
This is shockingly goood! The premise of the book oddly, wonderfully, fete-ish-istically, being suggested by a Parisian news article written by Georges Duthuit in 1926
about what was basically a tent advertisement or 'funfare decoration' painted by Toulouse Lautrec for Louise Weber
the dancer known as La Goulue (The Glutton) who had become too fat to dance at the Moulin Rouge and who was trying to start a new, more "portable" career as a spruced up belly-dancer in 1895. The painting had been lost
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Ace
Feb 16, 2014 Ace rated it really liked it
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I thought myself somewhat familiar was Lautrec and the myths that have been associated with his story but, as it turns out, I didn't know much at all. Explosive Acts presents the life of Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as glimpses into the lives of contemporaries, Oscar Wilde and Felix Feneon, along with descriptions of the political, social and cultural issues that affected France during his life-time. An eye-opening read, for me, I think I'll check out other books by David Sweetman.
Tim Newton
May 24, 2014 Tim Newton rated it really liked it
Good biography of the key characters in their setting.
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Nov 19, 2007 Paul rated it really liked it
The book that brought me into the world of the Impressionist artists. Before I read the book the paintings were paintings, and afterwards I understood how they were art.
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I'm not in love with this book yet... I'm going to put it down for awhile and see if I can get into it at a later date.

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Excellent!
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