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MUSEUM FEATURING COLOR LITHOGRAPHS OF 19TH-CENTURY ARTISTS

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Color lithographs of three of the most avant-garde painter-printmakers of the 19th century are on show at the Norton Simon Museum through July 21.

The artists featured in the 38 works on show are Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Edouard Vuil-lard (1868-1940). Their accomplished work in the color lithograph medium gave a big boost to the revival of the print at the end of the 19th century in France.Characteristic of their contributions are Bonnard's street scenes, influenced by his admiration for Japanese printmakers and his aware-ness of Parisian caricaturists; Vuillard's love of the silhouette form and flat, bold color shapes; and Toulouse-Lautrec's "Elles" series, plus elements of art nouveau in his flowing lines and surprising perspectives.