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...