New Pavilion exhibit features work of Toulouse-Lautrec
The Washington Pavilion new exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec & His World, opened Saturday in the Visual Arts Center's Everist Gallery.
The Washington Pavilion is the last of four venues to host the exhibition. Regularly housed at the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, this extensive collection of over 150 works is traveling 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) is considered one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period. Many of his works depict scenes from cabarets, theaters, dance halls, and brothels. These were experiences that Toulouse encountered while living in the north district of Montmartre in Paris in 1885. He wanted to show life as it is, not as it should be. However, his objectivity was not without empathy or humor. His interest was in portraying people, those he met during his nights on the town, his friends, and the working-class citizens of Paris.