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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s birthday
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901
Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, pen name Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator who observed and documented with great psychological insight the personalities and facets of Parisian nightlife and the French world of entertainment in the 1890s. His use of free-flowing, expressive line, often becoming pure arabesque, resulted in highly rhythmical compositions – e.g., In the Circus Fernando: The Ringmaster (1888). The colorful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times.
The originality of Toulouse-Lautrec also emerged in his posters. Rejecting the notion of high art, done in the traditional medium of oil on canvas, Toulouse-Lautrec in 1891 did his first poster, Moulin Rouge—La Goulue. This poster won Toulouse-Lautrec increasing fame. “My poster is pasted today on the walls of Paris”, the artist proudly declared. It was one of more than 30 he would create in the 10 years before his death.
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