“Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque”: The members of the Polk Museum of Art enjoyed a special conversation via Zoom on Feb. 12, 2021 between H. Alexander Rich, Ph.D., Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art and Paul Firos, Toulouse-Lautrec Collection Owner & President and Co-founder of PAN Art Connections, Inc.
Duration of the exhibition: February 13, 2021 – May 23, 2021.
This large-scale exhibition aims to transport audiences back to France and into the so-called “Belle Époque,” or “Beautiful Age,” of late 19th century Paris. With its hundreds of works displayed throughout the Museum, this extraordinary exhibition will immerse visitors fully in the avant-garde culture of 1890s France through Toulouse-Lautrec’s illustrations of the period. Proclaimed as one of the greatest modern masters, Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) created an incredible array of works over the course of a decade-long career, from paintings and drawings to his most famous and recognizable prints, posters, and advertisements. In his art, Toulouse-Lautrec depicted the vivid world of Paris at the turn of the 20th century, recreating the spaces, subjects, and entertainments he loved most.