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The influences caused by art.

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One of the remarkable aspects of art is that it has influences on many things. It is often influenced by earlier elements and creates legacies that influence future artistic expression. Toulouse-Lautrec is an example of a remarkable artist with noted links to his artistic past as well as later artistic works. As a significant artist of his time, famous for his tremendous contribution to the art world, Lautrec successes can be linked to earlier works. As well, and despite some differences from other noted artists of his time, Lautrec's artistic spirit lives on, to some extent, in the work of later artists. Despite his physical disability as well as fragile health, Toulouse-Lautrec produced numerous amazing works of art. He managed to create his own recognizable style, showed an impressive sense of humour in his works and used technology to reach a larger public. During his brief life, Toulouse-Lautrec often enjoyed making quick sketches of people, while talking and drinking in nightclubs. As seen in "At the Moulin Rouge", this painting clearly exhibits his interest in Parisian nightlife of the 19th century. ...read more.

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Both paintings contain similar subject matter, the dancers. Degas was interested in depicting a daily routine of practise and work, in his case, the ballet. Inspired by Degas' work, Lautrec portrayed dancers and circus people in his paintings, such as his dancer-friend Jane Avril. In addition to common subject matter, Lautrec was influenced by Degas' use of light. In "At the Moulin Rouge", one can observe Lautrec's use of 'footlights' (the impression of light coming from the bottom of the picture), which was similarly employed in "Singer with a Glove" by Degas. Lastly, Degas had an effect on Lautrec in terms of the structural composition of his works. This influence is evident in "the strong diagonals and symmetrical composition" of the paintings. A strong diagonal made on the bottom-left of "At the Moulin-Rouge" by Lautrec, is very similar to the diagonals made by table edges in "The Absinthe Drinker" by Degas. With an understanding of influences on Lautrec's style, it would be interesting to see Lautrec's work within the context of one of his contemporaries. Another significant impressionist of Lautrec's time was Van Gogh. ...read more.

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In the Picasso's painting, "Self-Portrait", the use of "strong, black line and flat areas of lighter colour" reminds one of the outlines that were similarly employed in most of Lautrec's posters, such as "Moulin Rouge (poster)." Another factor suggesting the influence of Lautrec on Picasso is Picasso's great use of lithography. Lithography was initially used by Lautrec, a painter that Picasso admired. As discussed earlier, lithographic prints were cheaper than originals. So, people who would never be able to afford his original painting were able to buy his lithographs. Therefore, just like Lautrec, Picasso's work could reach a wide market and achieve greater fame than any other artist. Besides his use of lithography and strong, black outlines, Picasso even designed a cover for a menu, "evoking the touch of Toulouse-Lautrec." Reviewing the work of Toulouse-Lautrec is a worthwhile and pleasant experience. It leads one to an understanding of his work on its own and in comparison to those who influenced him and those he influenced. It has become clear that Toulouse-Lautrec produced incredible work with a unique style. Furthermore, it was shown that Edgar Degas significantly influenced Toulouse-Lautrec's style. Finally and as proof of Lautrec's greatness, it was learned that Picasso, in many ways, followed the style of Lautrec. ...read more.

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