About the artist
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) 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 modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. He was a Post-Impressionist painter who bridged the gap between Impressionism and modern art. His style was influenced by Japanese prints, and his subject matter focused on the world of entertainment, particularly cabarets, music halls and circus. He was a chronic alcoholic and suffered from syphilis.
Also associated with: Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, Jane Avril, Aristide Bruant, Yvette Guilbert, May Milton.