Toulouse 1864 - 1901 (37)

Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, designer and illustrator whose name is linked with Belle Époque. He was born on November 24, 1864, in a southern France village (Albi), in a rich noble family of counts. His parents were cousins and perhaps that’s why, due to genetics anomalies, his legs stopped growing around twelve. Henry was shorter than 1.5 meters and had a normal body and tiny feet. He had a younger brother who died 1 year old and his parents divorced in 1872; he went to live in Paris with his mother. From a young age, he showed a talent in drawing; when he grew up he moved to Montmartre and dedicated to painting. He began to live wild nights in cabarets, drinking a lot and eating his fortune with prostitutes. He became famous with his posters he created for the Moulin Rouge cabaret; with posters, paintings and drawings he depicted in the best way the Parisian cabarets, the dancers, the clients, the nightlife. He fell ill with syphilis at 36 and entered a sanatorium where he died on 9 September 1901. His mother financed after his death the museum Toulouse-Lautrec museum, where are exhibited most of his works.

Toulouse paintings