On the occasion its 70th anniversary the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) dedicates its entire programme to exhibitions on the theme of sexuality seen through art. A key issue is the role artists play in changing social mores and attitudes towards sexuality. In this particular context, MASP is organising a major exhibition dedicated to the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
This exhibition includes MASP's own collection of works by the artist as well as works from institutional and private collections. MASP's selection of works highlights the historical and documentary value of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's production in regard to issues around sexuality.
Portrait de femme de la maison de la rue d'Amboise (1892) from the MACM collection takes pride of place in this show. It depicts a beautiful portrait of a prostitute made to decorate the maison close. It is shown next to two other portraits from the same series.