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Belle Époque
August 13, 2008   
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The District Museum in Toruñ is hosting an exhibition of 300 items from the late 19th and early 20th century. Alongside oil paintings, watercolors, prints and posters, other works on display include a range of artistic handicrafts, a field of art that was in its heyday at the time. Visitors can admire furniture, tinware, ceramic, glass art, textiles, medals, jewelry and clothes. There are also showpieces representing the folk movement characteristic of Art Nouveau in Poland.

All the pieces on display attest to a common pursuit by artists of the time of a synthesis of all the fields of art. Artists strove for compositional and technical excellence, and wanted their works to attract the spectator with their beauty. They gave old crafts and techniques a new lease of life. They discovered new materials and sought new ways of using those already employed.

Famous Polish artists during the Belle Époque period included painters Stanis³aw Wyspiañski, Julian Fa³at, Olga Boznañska, W³adys³aw and Kazimierz Tetmajer.

District Museum in Toruñ, 1 Old Town Hall Sq., through Aug. 31
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