Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was born at Alba on November 24th 1864, in an aristocratic family. Because of two accidents preventing him to use his legs on a regularly way, he devoted himself to paint exclusively. First, he studied impressionist and Degas’ works and found inspiration in Japanese lithographs too.
The universe of Montmartre at the end of 19e century – coffees, theatres and dance rooms- is depicted in Toulouse Lautrec paintings with a mix of realism and humanity: The Moulin Rouge (1892), Jane Avril dancing melinite (1892), The suite of mill street.
Thanks to fast lick of paint and bright colors, Toulouse Lautrec creates posters for cabarets and theatres, even menus and invitations (Jane Avril at Paris Garden). He made books too.
Despite a short life (death of the painter in 1901), the work of Toulouse Lautrec count 737 paintings, 369 lithographs (including posters), 275 watercolors and 5000 drawings.