In the wake of the outstanding success of the Escher exhibit, now Palazzo della Cultura of Catania is hosting the great French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec with an exhibit containing 150 of his works coming from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens.
Posters, lithographs, drawings, illustrations and watercolor displays do not only reveal the genius work of this original artist, but highlight the Parisian atmosphere of the late 19th century as well. Period furniture, photographs and videos have been added to the installation to recreate that Bohemian Paris of the day.
Henri-Marie-Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa was of origins, but led his life marked by suffering and solitude on the fringe of society. He suffered from pycnodysostosis, a genetic bone disease, that basically made him a social outcast due to his deformity.
While haunting Paris’ brothels, which are frequently depicted in his works, he caught syphilis. In addition to this, he led a disorderly life and was an alcoholic.
He died at the early age of 37, but even if his life was short, it was definitely eventful and so much so that he produced over 700 paintings and 5000 drawings coming from his extraordinary creative flair.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most important figures of late 19th century art, and even someone who is not an art expert can easily recognize his style, not to mention his favorite subjects: ballerinas and prostitutes.
The Catania exhibit paying homage to him was built by Gruppo Arthemisia, curated by Stefano Zuffi and sponsored by the regional Office of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, with the support of the Municipality of Catania.
It can be visited at Palazzo della Cultura di Catania (Palazzo Platamone) every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the 3rd of June, 2018.
One of the goals, without a doubt, of this marvelous exhibit is to introduce young people, families and other targets who are usually not standard museum goers to great art. The works of Toulouse-Lautrec undoubtedly have the strength necessary to achieve that goal.