Montmartre comes to Washington

From Associated Press

More than 250 pictures by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others from the rakish atmosphere of artistic Paris at the end of the 1800s are the first of a series of exhibits the National Gallery of Art will feature to celebrate French painting.

Both art and lowlife characterized the city’s Montmartre area -- art because rents were low for underpaid artists, and lowlifes because they frequented nightspots like the still-popular Moulin Rouge.

The Montmartre show will be followed by one on Paul Cezanne and his portrayal of his native Provence in southern France and another on the Dada movement, which began in Switzerland in the early 1900s to mock much of the art that came before.

They will be preceded by a show of pictures from the career of Hungarian-born Andre Kertesz, a pioneer in the photography of everyday life.

Earl A. Powell III, director of the gallery, announced the program Friday in New York.