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, is 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, giving 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, of whom this city is so proud. The first rooms are devoted to his early works representing his family, his friends and his favourite theme: animals. Gradually the visitor is taken into the Parisian world: the brothels, 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 this museum visit to your programme. Allow at least 1.5 hours for a visit.
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 during the 15th century, becoming a residential palace: the arms' store became a classical garden and the parapet became a promenade. By visiting the museum, you can discover the Berbie Palace with its vaulted brick ceilings, its great living rooms and period parquet floorings plus 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, pieces from the first half of the 20th century including 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). The galleries evoke both the history of the 13th Century monument built by the bishops, and of Albi the 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 femurs in both legs. His growth was also halted as he sufferered from pycnodysostosis, a hereditary bone disease. His legs remained very shor and he did not exceed a height of 1.52 metres. He died at the age of 37 years old, leaving a huge work of over 700 paintings, 275 watercolours and 369 lithographs. He is buried in Verdelais, Gironde.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s paternal grandmother used to say: "If my sons kill a woodcock, it gives them 3 pleasures, the gun, the fork and the pencil."
Due to COVID-19, the museum remains closed until further notice.
The museum's shop is still open: Monday - Sunday, from 10:00am to 12:30pm & from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. It's a great place to shop for gifts!
Online shop: http://musee-toulouse-lautrec.com/boutique
It's also possible to order via e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
October - May (every day except Mondays): 10:00am - 12:30am & 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
June - September (every day): 10:30am - 6:30pm.
Closed on 1st Jan, 1st May, 11th Nov and 25th Dec.
Albi city pass: Prepaid entry includes fastrack ticket
Permanent and temporary collections: Adults 10€, groups (15 to 25 people) 8€
School groups from outside Occitanie, students and the unemployed: 5€
Under 18's: Free
Audio guides, available in French, English, Spanish, Italian and German: 4€
Independent group visits - For a better reception, please inform the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum Group Visiting Service in advance for groups of 7 or more, being led by an external leader or guide.