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Despite his early death at the age of 36, Toulouse-Lautrec's impact on the art scene was unparalleled. He captured and preserved the vibrant nightlife of the Belle Époque era, drawing attention to the bohemian culture of Montmartre in Paris. Immerse yourself in his world of performers, musicians, and courtesans, and experience a master artist who exuded humanity, technical excellence, and an eye for the cultural essence of a city.

Throughout the vibrant city of Paris, the iconic Belle Époque nightlife was immortalized by painter and graphic artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). Through his prints, posters, paintings, and drawings, the artist captured the essence of Montmartre - a creative and hedonistic hotspot. Born into a French noble family, Toulouse-Lautrec was drawn to the demimonde from a young age, focusing his art on the dance halls, cabarets, and brothels of Montmartre. He often featured famous dancers and singers such as Jane Avril in his works, showcasing both lively performance scenes and intimate portraits like The Sofa and In Bed. With a talent for bold graphics and evocative sketches, Toulouse-Lautrec became a renowned figure in the art world. Despite his untimely death at the age of 36 due to alcoholism and syphilis, his cultural impact continues to be felt.

This overview of Toulouse-Lautrec's life showcases a plethora of characters such as singers, dancers, musicians, and prostitutes, highlighting his remarkable artistic talent and ability to capture the energy and narratives of urban life.

  • English edition
  • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
  • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
  • Published in 2022
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
  • SKU010011725 | 9783836534901

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

About the Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Comte Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (1864 – 1901), known as Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the sometimes decadent affairs of those times.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the Chrysler Museum

About the Author

Matthias Arnold

Matthias Arnold, born in 1947, wrote his doctoral thesis on Vincent van Gogh. He lives in Munich and works as a freelance writer.


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