Toulouse Lautrec

“When my pencil moves, it is necessary to let it go. Nothing more!” 

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864 – 1901).   Enamored with the theatrical world, cabaret, Parisian nightlife, born at the right time. 
Aristide Bruant (1851-1925).  French singer, songwriter, nightclub owner.  Once he began performing at upscale café-concerts on the Champs-Elysees, he immediately commissioned Lautrec to portray an image that would appeal to the bourgeoise.  Finding inspiration in his trademark costume, wide-brimmed hat, cape and red scarf, the famous poster promoted Aristide’s career as well as his own.
Dreaming of the day when we can once again visit museums, surround ourselves with art.

Monza, Villa Reale

Villa Reale, a neoclassical masterpiece, elegant, imposing.  Park larger than Versailles.  To the victor go the spoils, originally country residence of the Hapsburg court; royal palace to Napoleon; holiday residence of the Savoy (King Umberto I). 

Bergamo, hardest hit, is seeking donations to buy ventilators, medical supplies, if you wish to help.   May everyone’s guardian angels continue working overtime!