artist tuesday: henri de toulouse-lautrec

Oh surprise.  I’m back to the French.  BUT this guy is just a little bit different from a couple others I’ve posted on before. Toulouse-Lautrec is probably recognizable to most people.  His “Moulin Rouge” poster has graced many a wall, including mine.  Toulouse-Lautrec is a true bohemian and is famous for his many paintings displaying the de-glamorized  Parisian nightlife *cough*brothels*cough* and behind-the-scenes sketches of cabarets. A genetic condition and two broken legs stunted his growth from an early age, which unfortunately led him to be ridiculed and teased by many, a trauma he numbed with alcohol throughout his life.  Pretty sad really.  I kind just want to give him a hug and tell him it’s ok that he’s short.  Regardless, Toulouse-Lautrec continued to paint and draw, a talent that has afforded him much praise (and reprinted posters) over the last 100 years.

"Moulin Rouge"..... look familiar?

Jane Avril Poster

"Au Salon de la rue des Moulins"

"Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in Chilpéric"


Also, here’s a little fun fact for you, did you know that the actor (John Leguizamo) who plays Toulouse-Lautrec in the movie Moulin Rouge! is also the voice of Sid the Sloth from Ice Age? Betcha didn’t know that, eh?


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