Allentown—Crates containing more than 140 works on paper by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec arrived at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley in preparation for the summer 2013 exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. This traveling exhibition is on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, and focuses on the art and life of one of the most fascinating artists and personalities of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) in France, which dates from the late 19th century through World War I. Lautrec lived in Paris during this colorful time of cabarets and cafés and captured its most famous singers, actors, and other characters in his highly celebrated posters, prints, and sketches.
Toulouse-Lautrec and His World—which will fill the Scheller and Rodale galleries on the Museum’s second floor from June 2 to September 1, 2013—will showcase well-known works on paper by the great French artist, including the posters Jane Avril, Divan Japonais, La Revue Blanche, and Mademoiselle Eglantine’s Troupe depicting four women dancing the Can-Can.
This will be the best opportunity for art lovers from the mid-Atlantic region to see the exhibit: the Allentown Art Museum is the closest venue to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and D.C. to present Toulouse-Lautrec and His World. The exhibition tour kicked off earlier this year in New Britain, Connecticut, and after Allentown it will head west, to Flint, Michigan. During the 10 months the collection was on display in Athens, an average of 10,500 visitors per month took in the exhibit. The Connecticut exhibition attracted 40,000 visitors.