Not the best known side of Toulouse-Lautrec, look how magnificently he understands animals.
Painted at 16 if I have it right, perhaps in the days of hit innocence?
Poor character had a bone disease, his bones never stopped growing. His parents were cousins – nobility. Excellent plan for aggregating land and power, – not the best things for the genes of your children.
Look at the roof where the horse hangs 😉
How do you build that?
The museum is housed in the Berbie Palace, part of the Episcopal city in Albi. Built of red brick, same as the nearby city of Toulouse. This was Roman territory.
And you must see the place.. Well at least we know the church wasn’t obsessed with earthly possessions and power at the time.
Their little view on the Tarn flowing past.
A view of the garden from inside.
They house some his most well known posters.
Modern architects didn’t invent the idea of maximum use of the views it seems.
A small courtyard, nothing fancy.
Impressive really. As you may imagine it is one of the largest brick structures in the world.
For all else they may have done the church did leave a rich architectural heritage and employed artists and artisans.
And that bears saying in this region, the inquisition was active here for a very long time.
This fortress was built in the fight against the Cathars. They were burnt alive by the hundreds and their castles are now in ruines. That’s how you know who won the fight.
They were of the opinion that the church and its people should not have a lot of possessions and power.
Off course that had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they were branded as heretics and a crusade was called against them.
Well, some more Toulouse-Lautrec posters.
Interesting to see the development.
They have a huge collection. The family donated lots of his work.