Open Call for Toulouse-Lautrec Inspired Posters

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Along with the opening weekend of special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque, we kicked off a poster contest inspired by the artist. We want to see your modern-day creations using the exhibition as a jumping off point. We’ll display the top five posters at April’s Phillips after 5 (in custom frames—thanks Framebridge!), plus print and distribute the winning poster to attendees. Did we mention there’s also a $200 cash prize? With representatives from the Phillips, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and A Creative DC, our panel of judges will evaluate submissions from a variety of perspectives and expertise.

Read the full call for entry here. Nothing beats a visit to the exhibition for some in-person inspiration, but here are some detail shots from the posters and prints in the show to get your wheels turning.

detail_The Simpson Chain

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Simpson Chain (detail), 1896. Brush, crayon, and spatter lithograph, printed in three colors. Key stone printed in blue, color stones in red and yellow on wove paper, 32 5⁄8 × 47 1/4 in. Private Collection

detail_Jane Avril 1893

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril (detail), 1893. Brush and spatter lithograph. Key stone printed in olive green on wove paper. Unrecorded trial proof, 47 5⁄8 × 34 5⁄8 in. Private collection

detail_Le Tocsin

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le Tocsin (detail), 1895. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in two colors. Key stone before text printed in blue with a turquoise-green tint stone on wove paper, 22 1/2 × 17 13⁄16 in.

detail_May Belfort

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, May Belfort (detail), 1895. Crayon, brush, and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors. Key stone printed in olive green, color stones in red, black, gray, and yellow on wove paper, 31 5⁄16 × 24 in. Private collection

detail_Divan Japonais

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais (detail, 1892–1893. Crayon, brush, spatter, and transferred screen lithograph, printed in four colors. Key stone printed in olive green, color stones in black, yellow, and red on wove paper, 31 3/4 × 23 15⁄16 in.

detail_Moulin Rouge, La Goulue

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue (detail), 1891. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in four colors. Key stone printed in black, color stones in yellow, red, and blue on three sheets of wove paper, 75 3⁄16 × 46 1⁄6 in. Private collection

detail_Old Song

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Old Song (detail), 1898, crayon lithograph, printed in black with a beige tint stone on laid paper. Only state, first edition, Yvette Guilbert album, plate 5, 11 9⁄16 × 9 9⁄16 in.

detail_Ambassadeurs, Aristide Bruant

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ambassadeurs, Aristide Bruant (detail), 1892. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors. Key stone printed in olive green, color stones in orange, red, blue and black on two sheets of wove paper, 52 15⁄16 × 36 5⁄8 in. Private collection

 

Images at top, from left to right: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, 1891. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in four colors. Key stone printed in black, color stones in yellow, red, and blue on three sheets of wove paper, 75 3⁄16 × 46 1⁄6 in. Private collection; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Simpson Chain, 1896. Brush, crayon, and spatter lithograph, printed in three colors. Key stone printed in blue, color stones in red and yellow on wove paper, 32 5⁄8 × 47 1/4 in. Private Collection; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1893. Brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colors. Key stone printed in olive green, color stones in yellow, orange, red, and black on wove paper, 48 13⁄16 × 36 in. Private collection

July #Phillips95 Challenge: Dream Big

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Marc Chagall, The Dream, 1939. Gouache on paper, 20 9/16 x 26 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1942

This month’s #Phillips95 challenge celebrates Marc Chagall. Chagall was known for his highly expressionist and colorful paintings that combined elements of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism. He saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity.” While scholars have written endless volumes on him, we’re looking to you to simplify things!

YOUR CHALLENGE: When you look at The Dream, what is the one word that comes to mind? Comment on this blog post or any of our social media posts with one word you think best encapsulates the painting and be entered into a drawing to win a Phillips prize pack (including two tickets to the museum and goodies from the museum shop!).

#Phillips95 Soutine Caption Contest Winners

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Chaim Soutine, Woman in Profile, ca. 1937. Oil on canvas ,18 13/8 x 10 7/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1943 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY

For this month’s #Phillips95 challenge, we asked you to caption Chaim Soutine’s Woman in Profile. Congrats to these three winners!

“I wonder if I should listen to this entire performance or go to the bathroom now.” —Gail F.

“1:15 pm – Message Read
6:20 pm – Chaim Soutine is online
3:00 am – Soutine is typing…
3:01 am – …hey you, what are you up to?
3:02 am – ‘woman in profile’ face”
—Luis Q.

“She’s thinking, ‘How did I get to look so much like Judy Garland?'” —Travel Gal

And bragging rights to these Honorable Mentions:

“I so hope Chaim doesn’t give me fish lips.” —Kristin J.

“Chaim…I’m really tired of sitting here for you every day, it better be better than a Rembrandt!” —Margot K.

“I’m snowed in and there’s no chocolate in the house.” —Sharon M.

Kurtis Minder (February 16 at 2:39pm): She is irritated that she just bought an apple watch and a newer, improved model is already out.” —Kurtis M.

Interestingly, a number of people were reminded of celebrities or friends when they saw Soutine’s female sitter, including Coco Chanel, Liza Minnelli, and Judy Garland. Does this woman remind you of anyone?

Thanks to everyone who participated in February’s challenge! Check back each month in 2016 for new challenges in celebration of the Phillips’s 95th anniversary and chances to win prizes.