Monday, February 4, 2013

For the first time out of Europe, Toulouse-Lautrec & his world begins its U.S. tour in New Britain @Zaidan Gallery

NEW BRITAIN, CONN.- The New Britain Museum of American Art presents Toulouse-Lautrec & His World, January 12 through May 12, 2013 in the Museum’s McKernan Gallery. The Toulouse-Lautrec collection is housed at the Herakleidon Museum in Athens Greece and has traveled outside of Europe for the first time.

 Toulouse-Lautrec & His World features one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France, which lasted from the late 19th century through World War I. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), considered one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period, is best known for depicting scenes from cabarets, theaters, dance halls and brothels. These were experiences that he himself lived when he moved to the north district of Montmartre in Paris in 1885. He wanted to show life as it is, not as it should be, but this objectivity was not without empathy or humor. His interest lay in portraying people, not only those he met during his nights on the town, but also his friends and the working-class citizens of Paris... more