Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-901), or Lautrec for short, is without a doubt the artist whose flamboyant personality and style is most closely associated with the exuberance of Paris of 1900. A consummate reveler, Lautrec lived fast and furiously. His background as a wealthy nobleman showed only in the fact that he was able to create almost unhindered by material concerns. He drew and painted avidly, even at times when he was out on the town. He was fascinated with performers, in dance halls, the opera, or the theater alike; and he liked to depict characters of all walks of life, from the lowly prostitute to the nobleman. He did so with verve, often exaggerating prominent features, to the dismay of many of his models. He is known mostly for his colorful posters, but was by far created more monochromatic lithographs. In these works the drawing prevails and his strong sense of line and composition becomes eminently clear.
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