With just the bare bones of his biography in hand, it would be tempting to characterize the "world" of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), who died of alcoholism and syphilis at age 36, as chaotic. As Toulouse-Lautrec & His World, the touring exhibit that lands in New Britain on Saturday, shows, the dude spent his brief Belle Époque partying in cafés and cabarets, painting his artistic friends. This exhibit culls roughly 150 Toulouse-Lautrec rarities, sketches and posters, including Divan Japonais (pictured). They don't let these items out of Europe very often, so take advantage while they're stateside.
Toulouse-Lautrec & His World
Jan. 12-May 12, opening reception Jan. 12, 3:30-5 p.m., New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, (860) 229-0257, nbmaa.org.