Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum with items from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum
28 May 2016-5 September 2016

On Saturday, May 28, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, opens a new exhibition featuring the work of famous French painter and illustrator, Toulouse-Lautrec. The exhibit, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Bohemian Paris, on view May 28 through September 5, includes rare examples of Lautrec’s large original posters, letters, prints, and drawings, which were largely inspired by both everyday life and the entertainment world of late 19th century bohemian Paris. The items are from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is most famous for his posters depicting the nightlife of Paris, many of which advertised cabarets, theaters, and performers. In addition to his signature posters, the exhibit includes Toulouse-Lautrec’s sketches and prints of his friends, family, and peers. His images captured the imagination of his contemporaries and generations to follow, and 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.

The exhibition also incorporates costumes from many of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of La bohème – 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. This impressive supplement to the exhibit reaffirms the Fenimore’s ongoing collaboration with the Glimmerglass Festival and sheds light on their summer production of La bohème.

The Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake -- James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass Lake” -- in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including: folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; an extensive collection of domestic artifacts; more than 125,000 historical photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprising more than 800 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions.
Main Building: 16 Herakleidon Str, Thissio, 118 51 Athens, Greece,  Τ: 210 34 61 981, F: 210 34 58 225, Ε: info@herakleidon-art.gr 
Annex: 37 Apostolou Pavlou Str , Thissio, 118 51, Αthens, Greece, T: 211 012 6486, E: annex@herakleidon-art.gr