Fin de siècle inspiration

I am a big fan of the historical time periods, the Fin de siècle and the La Belle Époque ( think the movie Moulin Rouge from Baz Lurhman).   I think it begin when I was 9 years old and my uncle gave me a book on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec…I’ve been smitten with his and his contemporaries artwork ever since.  Around the same time (9 or 10), I also saw the movie Gigi and that was probably what sealed the deal for me.  As I got older and got interested in history, I learned more and more about those time periods and I became utter fascinated with their art and culture.

If you are like me, then you will welcome these inspirational images.

Alphonse Mucha via ljpizzo
Salome by Alphonse Mucha via rare posters
Alphonese Mucha tattoo by calexico7
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette the author Gigi via A Polar Bears Tale
Metro entrance at Montmartre. by Trapac
Gustav Klimt via canvas replicas
The Peacock Skirt by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

La Troupe de Mademoiselle Eglantine (Miss Eglantine’s Troupe) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

via MOMA


  1. You should read “Sacre Bleu” by Christopher Moore. Toulouse- Lautrec has a starring role in this arty fiction! Good stuff. Thanks for the post.

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