«TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE BELLE EPOQUE IN PARIS AND ATHENS»
Evagoras Lanitis Center, Limassol
19 February – 16 May 2010
The Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation presents the unique exhibition
«TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND THE BELLE EPOQUE IN PARIS AND ATHENS», in collaboration with the Museum Herakleidon. The exhibition is under the auspices of the Embassy of France.
At the center of this exhibition is a rare collection of approximately 130 original works on paper by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which the organizers have placed in the historical, social, artistic, and aesthetic context of the time (1800 to the beginning of the 20th century). Furthermore, there has been an effort to approximate the prevailing historical and artistic conditions of urban Athens of the same era, with the goal of revealing the influence of the French Belle Epoque on the social and artistic life of Athens and to establish a number of obvious parallels.
The original works of Lautrec that are being exhibited (publicity posters, prints, and drawings) draw their inspiration from everyday life and entertainment. Advertisements for cabarets and periodicals, which are some of the best-known images of the great French artist, are shown next to portraits of famous actors and singers of the time, as well as sketches and caricatures. The works of Lautrec are accompanied by appropriate passages from French literature, photographs, and other objects, in order to help the viewer better understand the atmosphere of that time.