'Toulouse-Lautrec. La belle époque’ at Palazzo Forti

Verona dedicates an exhibition to the great French artist who lived in bohémian Paris

From 01 April 2017 to 03 September 2017

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From April 1st to September 3rd, do not miss the fascinating Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in Verona! 2017 will offer all enthusiasts of the great French artist a unique opportunity to view his most beautiful and famous works at Palazzo Forti - AMO Arena Opera Museum.

The works of Toulouse Lautrec on exhibition in Italy, belonging to the Herakleidon Museum collection in Athens, reconstruct the life of an unsettled nonconformist artist…

A bohemian aristocrat and a great creator of posters and prints between the nineteenth and twentieth century, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec stands out for his innovative poetic, at the same time both provocative and eccentric.

Despite his health problems, he unstoppably sought after beauty in life and was a great optimist. Combining blurred edges and bright colours with objective representation devoid of frivolous embellishment… No other artist managed to portray imperfection in such a perfect way!

Toulouse Lautrec suffered from pycnodysostosis, a genetic disease that never allowed full recovery from leg fractures occurred in his early adolescence. He certainly did not stand out for his height, and had notably short legs. He also faced problems due to syphilis and alcoholism which he developed in adulthood. To compensate for his physical troubles, Henri devoted himself completely to art, which he was channelled towards right from his childhood by René Princeteau, a deaf-mute painter friend of his father.

Toulouse Lautrec exhibit in Verona, Italy will display his artwork in a fascinating retrospective journey, held at the Arena Opera Museum of Palazzo Forti. The exhibition will take visitors on a voyage of discovery of this great artist, from his most early works up to his interest for the human figure, developed later in his life. A photographic section aims at making the entrance into the artist’s world even more realistic.

Curated by Stefano Zuffi, the Verona Toulouse Lautrec exhibit showcases colour lithographs ('Jane Avril', 1893), pencil and pen drawings, promotional graphics and advertisement posters ( 'The passenger of cabin 54', 1895 and 'Aristide Bruant in his cabaret', 1893) and illustrations for newspapers (as in 'La Revue blanche', 1895)... one can say that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's works have become the symbol of the belle époque as we picture it in our imagination.

At Palazzo Forti in Verona, exhibitions in 2017 continue following the path through modern art which started a few years ago. It aims at presenting the public some of its most prominent exponents. 'Toulouse-Lautrec. La belle époque' is organized and produced by Arthemisia Group, with the collaboration of the AGSM Group and sponsored by the City of Verona.

The exhibition celebrates the artistic development of Toulouse-Lautrec, whose work anticipates the birth of graphic design and advertising. About 170 works, including drawings, illustrations, lithographs and watercolour paintings, but also videos, photographs and period furniture will allow you to relive the charm of bohemian Paris in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and in particular of Montmartre, the neighbourhood Henri lived in and recorded throughout his life, observing its atmosphere, its expressions and its spirit.

His noble origins - he was the eldest son of Count Alphonse-Charles-Marie de Toulouse-Lautrec-Montfanon - did not prevent him from establishing a close relationship with environments of high perdition, where Henri found solidarity and cultivated great relationships, including those with prostitutes who often posed as models for his work. His short life – he died at as young as 36 due to drinking problems and debilitation caused by syphilis, remains inextricably tied to his works.

At Palazzo Forti Verona: 'Toulouse-Lautrec. La belle époque': take note of dates and times to avoid missing one of the most interesting retrospectives in recent years.

Verona exhibition on Toulouse Lautrec at Palazzo Forti - Opening Hours

  • Monday from 14:30 to 19:30
  • From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30

(Ticket office closes at 18:30)

Dates shows with extraordinary opening

  • Sunday, April 16th (from 9:30 to 19:30)
  • Monday, April 17th (from 9:30 to 19:30)
  • Monday, April 24th (from 9:30 to 19:30)
  • Tuesday, April 25th (from 9:30 to 19:30)
  • Monday, May 1st (from 9.30 to 19.30)
  • Sunday, May 21st (from 14.30 to 19.30)
  • Friday, June 2nd (from 9.30 to 19.30)
  • Tuesday, August 15th (from 9:30 to 19:30)


Dancers, shows, stages - those of the Moulin Rouge - joy, intimacy, bourgeois life and humility... Toulouse Lautrec’s Verona exhibition 2017 will open the doors to a past not as remote as is often believed, seen through the eyes of an aristocratic Bohemian who savoured all its vices and its dissolute life.

By consulting our Tour and activities in Verona and Lake Garda section you will find many ideas to enrich your stay in Verona: before or after visiting the exhibition, save some time to explore the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff