During the summer of 2013, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley brought a taste of French culture to Lehigh Valley by hosting the exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec and His World.
The exhibit was on loan from the collection of the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece and only made two other stops in the United States, making the Allentown Art Museum its closest location to both Philadelphia and New York City.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is best known for his work illustrating cabarets and cafes in Paris during what is referred to as the Belle Époque, or Beautiful Era. When strolling through the exhibit, you saw the different artists that he was familiar with and the characteristics of each that he found interesting (we could pick out the black gloves of Yvette Guilbert in a few different pieces!).
The exhibit contained everything from original sketches by Lautrec, to books, film, and even large color lithographs of his work. Every detail pertaining to the exhibit was carefully constructed. The walls of the museum were painted to highlight the colors for the French flag- blue, red, and white. The music that was heard walking through the gallery was that of the cabaret performers that Lautrec painted.