Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is most famous for his posters that depict the nightlife of Paris, although he only created thirty, of which thirteen were actually intended as cabaret and theater advertisements. The rest were used to advertise books, products such as bicycles, and a professional photographer. His images captured the imagination of his contemporaries and generations to follow, as well as helped define the end of the 19th century period and what is known as “La Belle Epoque.” They remain a testimony to his artistic acumen and his enduring art.

This exhibit, from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, uses examples of Lautrec’s sketches, drawings, books, albums, and original posters to examine his artistic process.

The exhibit also incorporates costumes from several of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of La Boheme – Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss during “La Belle Epoque.” With more than 1,200 performances, La Bohème is the most frequently staged opera at the Met. Other select pieces from the Met’s archives including, photographs, playbills, jewelry, and props will also be on view.


Cooperstown NY, USA
May 28, 2016 – September 5, 2016


Toulouse Lautrec and his World provided us with the perfect entrée into exhibiting European art at Fenimore Art Museum. As a museum that has traditionally exhibited American art, we felt fortunate that Pan Art helped us feel comfortable and at home with this new-to-us material.
The exhibition contributed to a record-breaking year here in terms of attendance. The merchandise made available by Pan Art also contributed to record sales in our Museum Shop. Programming opportunities abounded for the entire duration of the exhibition, from first person character tours to themed dining.
The Pan Art team was terrific to work with. From initial contact, through the contract stage, to the final condition reporting, everyone was professional and pleasant. We are looking forward to possible future collaborations with Pan Art.

DR. PAUL S. D’AMBROSIO, President and CEOFenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown NY, USA