Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


Nationality: French

Birth Place: Albi (Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was the firstborn child and son of an aristocratic family in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France. While destined for a life privilege, he was also the offspring of inbreeding—his parents being biological first cousins—making him predisposed to congenital health conditions.

At age thirteen, young Lautrec fractured his right thigh bone and, just a year later, his left. His bones never healed properly and ceased to grow, dramatically stunting his growth and leaving him physically unable to participate in activities typically enjoyed by young men his age. His unfortunate disability is what ultimately lured him to the bohemian lifestyle and haunts of writers, artists and avant-gardists that thrived in Paris, particularly the margin of society for whom he felt empathy as well as great fascination.

Lautrec’s career as an artist coincidentally overlapped with two major movements in Paris—the birth of modern printmaking and the explosion of nightlife culture—making the city a conducive environment for his creative development, as well as his growing alcoholism, self-deprecating wit and keen caricature’s eye. In fact, Lautrec’s personal circumstances, as well as the cultural and social happenings of his era, manifest so palpably in his work it’s almost as if he was destined to draw the sordid and dissolute out from the shadows and force the rest of society to acknowledge their beauty through his art. He did not exploit nor disguise the imperfections of his subjects but rather humanized their “flaws” by depicting them in such a way that revealed the sadness, as well as humor hidden beneath the rubbish and squalor of their louche lifestyle.


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HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (French, 1864-1901) L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge, 1892 Color lithograph 18-5/8 x 14-5/8 inches
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (French, 1864-1901)L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge, 1892Color lithograph18-5/8 x 14-5/8 inches...
Lot 89020
Auction 5104
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (French, 1864-1901) Le Photographe Sescau, B state (Wittrock 22; Delteil 353; Adriani 60), 18...
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (French, 1864-1901)Le Photographe Sescau, B state (Wittrock 22; Delteil 353; Adriani 60), 18...
Lot 63093
Auction 5142
Friday, November 8, 2013
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Jane Avril, 1893 Lithograph in colors 49-1/2 x 35-1/2 inches (125.7 x 9
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)Jane Avril, 1893Lithograph in colors49-1/2 x 35-1/2 inches (125.7 x 9...
Lot 63545
Auction 5225
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) La Revue Blanche, 1895 Lithograph in colors on paper 49-1/2 x 35-3/4 in
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)La Revue Blanche, 1895Lithograph in colors on paper49-1/2 x 35-3/4 in...
Lot 61275
Auction 5337
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Portrait de Monsieur X, 1898 Etching on paper 6-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches (16
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)Portrait de Monsieur X, 1898Etching on paper6-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches (16....
Lot 62347
Auction 5337
Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Programme pour L'Argent, 1895 Lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901)Programme pour L'Argent, 1895Lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper,...
Lot 63343
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Les Vieilles Histoires, 1893 Color Poster 17 x 24 inches (43.2 x 61.0 c...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901) Les Vieilles Histoires, 1893 Color Poster 17 x 24 inches (43.2 x 61.0 c... (1)

Auction 5360
Sunday, June 10, 2018

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