Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901) was the son and heir of a rich, handsome, and eccentric count. His mother doted upon Henri, her only living child, who was weak and often sick. In his early teens, Toulouse-Lautrec broke both of his legs and they failed to heal properly. His legs stopped growing, ultimately leading him to an unusual appearance with a torso of normal size but with abnormally short legs. His work captured the lively bohemian life of Paris, of which he was very much a part. He drank heavily, often to be a part of the merriment as well as to protect himself against ridicule of his appearance. This ultimately took its toll, and he died young, unable to rid himself of his alcoholism. His paintings and posters are highly sought after, particularly the Moulin Rouge group.
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