Budapest Exhibition Marks Toulouse-Lautrec Birth Anniversary
(MTI) – An exhibition opened at Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on Tuesday.
The exhibition presents nearly half of Toulouse-Lautrec’s graphic works, mostly from the museum’s own collections, foreign minister Janos Martonyi said at the opening ceremony. He noted that the large number of Toulouse-Lautrecs in Budapest, which were purchased shortly after the artist’s death in 1901, may indicate that the painter himself and French culture in general were very popular at the time of the Belle Epoque.
Curator of the exhibition Zsuzsa Gonda noted that the Fine Art Museum had not had a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition for the past 50 years. The current display – mostly of posters made between 1891 and 1901 – is a tribute not only to the artist but to creators of the Budapest collection, she said.