Nothing exciting ever happens in our little old town, so imagine the joy when I heard that our local gallery were exhibiting the world famous Toulouse-Lautrec prints. The British Museum tour of his prints is currently at the Bedford Gallery until 10th April.
I grew up with posters of the French artist's lithographs adorning the walls up the stairs at home and so many of them were very familiar to me, although it has to be said these are the more commerical and aesthetic prints rather than his work which explored the underbelly of Parisian life. Toulouse-Lautrec was described by a contemporary critic as "the quintessential chronicler of Paris".
| La passagère du 54, 1896. Colour brush, crayon and spatter lithograph. |
Bedford Gallery staff (as I suspect most museums and galleries these days) are wonderfully welcoming, and it was a pleasure to take Ruby along. She was happy to wander around gazing at the pictures and the 'nudey ladies' while I ambled round looking at the artwork and read the descriptions.
The exhibition is staged over two floors, with the upstairs hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec work and downstairs there is a further exhibition of his contempories.
|Eugène Grasset The Vitriol Thrower 1894 Lithograph|
Ruby loved downstairs even more as there was a kid's area set up with crayons for her to colour in her very own lithograph, a dressing up rail so she could get into the Parisian vibe, and some French flash cards with colours and animals.
All in all, a fab afternoon. Entrance was free, and there was plenty to keep us occupied for a couple of hours.
If you do visit, I can also recommend the new Riverside Grill restaurant just around the corner. They have a lovely light lunch menu with great offers - we dined for £6 per adult for a main lunch meal including a glass of wine, and children under 7 eat free.
For more information on the exhibition and Bedford gallery, you can follow them on Twitter or their blog and for more on the Riverside Grill, they are on Twitter and Facebook.
This is not a sponsored post! I am simply happy to recommend both for a great family day out.