TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, A UNIQUE COLLECTION IN THE WORLD
The world’s most important public collection of the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, including 31 posters by the lithograph painter, are to be found in Albi. There are also no fewer than 219 paintings, 563 drawings and 183 lithographs displayed in the museum. Early works, major portraits, paintings of brothels, prints from the world of entertainment, advertisements and later works are presented there, which make this museum an exceptional collection. Each stage of the production is represented, highlighting his gift for observation, his talent as a draughtsman and his quality for capturing significant detail. The route around the museum is enriched with information panels. To visit the museum is to meet the man, this native of Albi, whose city is so proud of him. The first rooms are devoted to his early works representing his family, his friends and his favourite theme : animals. Then, gradually the visitor is taken into the Parisian world; the brothels and especially the world of entertainment and the circus. Room after room, we follow the evolution of this unusual artist.
Simply curious or an art lover, add a visit to the museum to your programme. It is recommended to forecast at least 1 hour 30 minutes for a visit.
To gain a deeper understanding of the painter and the man, two movies are shown in the Auditorium:
- "Monsieur Henri", 38 mins by Paul Bigou on the painter’s life and works
- "Lumière sur...", 23 mins by D.Devynck, P-R. Saint-Dizier, Ch. Dedieu
THE BERBIE PALACE, AN EXCEPTIONAL SETTING FOR THE MUSEUM
Built during the 13th century, the Berbie Palace is a former Bishops’ residence and a symbol of the power of the Bishop of Albi. The fortress lost its defensive aspect from the 15th century and became a residential palace; the arms store became a classical garden, and the parapet, a promenade. By visiting the museum, you can discover the Berbie Palace with its vaulted brick ceilings, its great living rooms and period parquet flooring, painted or caisson ceilings... Renovated during the works at the museum, we can admire one of the most important 13th century glazed terracotta pavements. You are now in the Inquisition Chamber.
A COLLECTION OF MODERN ART
On the second floor of the Palace, a collection of modern art exhibits pieces from the first half of the 20th century and includes the artistic friends and contempories of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec : Emile Bernard (1868-1941), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), as well as a significant display by ‘Poetic Reality’ painters. Ancient art works are presented in the formal rooms of the palace (Guardi 1712-1793, Georges de La Tour 1593-1652), and the galleries evoke the history of the monument built by the bishops in the 13th Century and of Albi, Episcopal City classified as a World Heritage Site.
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, DESCENDANT OF THE COUNTS OF TOULOUSE
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa was born into one of the greatest aristocratic families of the South-West of France, a descendant of the counts of Toulouse. His father, Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa and his mother Adele Tapie of Céleyran were first cousins. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi at the hôtel du Bosc, but he spent a large part of his childhood in the maternal property of Château du Bosc in Camjac, Aveyron. As a teenager, the young Henri suffered a fracture of the left femur and the right leg. Growth is halted in sufferers of pycnodysostosis, a hereditary bone disease. His legs remained very short, and he did not exceed a height of 1.52 metres. He died at only 37 years old, leaving a huge work of over 700 paintings, 275 watercolours and 369 lithographs. He is buried in Verdelais in Gironde.
If my sons kill a woodcock, it gives them 3 pleasures, the gun, the fork and the pencil,” Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s paternal grandmother used to say
- January - February - March: Every day, 10:00am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 5:30pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
- April - May: Every day, 10:00am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
- From 1st - 20th June: Every day, 9:00am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
- From 21st June - 30th September: Every day, 9:00am - 6:00pm
- October: Every day, 10:00am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
- November - December: Every day, 10:00am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 5:30pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
- Closed on 1st Jan, 1st May, 11th Nov and 25th Dec.
- Permanent and temporary collections: adults €9, students/groups €5, family €19, under 14 free
- Albi city pass - Prepaid entry included in the pass, fastrack ticket with the pass
- Entry to temporary exhibition only: €5
- Under 13 - free
- Audio guides, available in French, English, Spanish, Italian and German: €4
For independent group visits - For a better reception, the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum asks you to inform the group visiting service for groups of 7 or more, led by an external leader or guide.