de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Lou Albert-Lasard: A German Expressionist in Bohemian Paris

September 26 - Decemeber 4, 2009

Born in Metz, Germany in 1885, Lou Albert-Lasard experienced a life full of art, intellectualism, travel, and occasional turmoil. The various phases of her art reflect the changes in her life in both style and subject matter, as her work moves from German Expressionism to pseudo-Social Realism, depicting diverse scenes from bohemian clubs to Holocaust concentration camps, and people from Albert Einstein and Josephine Baker to anonymous Parisians enjoying a leisurely afternoon.

The fourteen prints from The Monmartre Suite, which are included in this exhibition, illustrate the scenes of Lou Albert-Lasard's contemporary Berlin and emphasize its links with Monmartre the center of bohemian Parisian life at the turn of the 19th century. Though similar in style to works by more familiar artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, these works reflect a broad range of artistic influences.

Exhibition guest curated by Lauren Baines, class of 2009.