Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(1864 – 1901)
French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicted the revelry of 19th-century Parisian nightlife in paintings and posters. He began his artistic career when, as a teenager, he injured both legs and immersed himself in art during his long convalescence. In adulthood, he joined the culture of Paris’ bohemian Montmartre section, and painted its spectacle of circuses, dance halls, nightclubs and racetracks, as well as the artists, streetwalkers, writers, aristocrats, and dancers he befriended. Toulouse-Lautrec created an extraordinary group of circus drawings, which are celebrated around the world. He is among the most well-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period.