Monday, May 15, 2006

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (November 24, 1864 – September 9, 1901) was a French painter.

He was deemed "the soul of Montmartre", the Parisian quarter where he made his home. His paintings portray life at the Moulin Rouge and other Montmartre and Parisian cabarets and theaters, and in the brothels that he frequented regularly (and where he perhaps contracted syphilis). Two of the well-known people he portrayed were singer Yvette Guilbert, and Louise Weber, known as the outrageous La Goulue, a dancer who created the "French Can-Can."

An alcoholic for most of his adult life, shortly before his death he entered a sanitarium.
He died at the family estate in Malromé and is buried in Verdelais, Gironde, a few miles from his birthplace.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Moulin Rouge-La Goulue, 1891

au moulin rouge, 1892


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