Connecting Bohemian Paris to Bath

13/08/2019

Franz Simon, Les Bouquinistes Paris, 1908

You can explore this thrilling era in more depth by choosing one of two rewards that give you and a friend a private behind-the-scenes tour with the exhibition’s curator.

As a high-level supporter donating at £995, you will follow that up with a decadent champagne afternoon tea. Or for £450, you can then delve into some of the printmaking highlights from our diverse collection, such as the coloured soft ground etching by Franz Simon above, and works by Thomas Barker.

Thanks to Barker, in the early 19th-century, Bath became home to one of the first lithographic printing presses outside London. More recently, one of the best modern practitioners of lithography Henry Cliffe headed up the printmaking department at Bath Academy of Art from 1950 to 1981.

Thomas Rowlandson, Comforts of Bath the doctors, 1790s

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Parisian posters are not only great works of popular art; they also shine a light on the world of Montmartre – Paris’s most happening nightspot in the years leading up to the fin de siècle. Parallels can be drawn with Bath’s own heyday as a centre of entertainment (some of it hedonistic) 100 years earlier, as captured by Thomas Rowlandson in his Comforts of Bath cartoons.

Choose the £65 reward and you and a friend can enjoy a taste of the Belle Époque for yourselves. Our Louche Late Night with Lautrec event promises a spectacular evening of entertainment and music set among these iconic works.

Every single donation will help us to make this exhibition a reality for you to step back in time and experience Toulouse-Lautrec’s Parisian world. Thank you to everyone who has already given. We’d love it if you could help even more by sharing our campaign with family and friends.

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