|About the Book|
The Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), which dates from the late nineteenth century to the start of World War I, was an incredible period of creative and scientific activity. Until his death in 1901 at the age of 36, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one ofMoreThe Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), which dates from the late nineteenth century to the start of World War I, was an incredible period of creative and scientific activity. Until his death in 1901 at the age of 36, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of its leading names along with poets and writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Emile Zola. He exhibited with Vincent Van Gogh and was a friend of Oscar Wilde whom he met during his time in London. Creating literally thousands of artworks during his short life, the images that Toulouse-Lautrec created were evocative of the mood of that time. His drawings and lithographs were often playful or satirical, but captured the essence of his subject.This book brings together over 170 images- the majority is from the collection of drawings and posters by Toulouse Lautrec held in theHerakleidon Museum in Athens. The Herakleidon is a private museum that opened in 2004 and was founded by art collectors Paul and AnnaBelinda Firos. The Museum specializes in the visual arts with a particular emphasis on introducing visitors not only to the individual artworks, but also to the techniques that the artist used through preparatory sketches and drawings and to shed light on the artist’s life and times. In addition to their collection of works by Toulouse-Lautrec, they have a comprehensive collection of works by M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, and Carol Wax.