Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) France

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French visual artist and designer. He grew up with a serious bone disease which stunted his growth. Despite his all too early demise at age 36, Toulouse-Lautrec produced many works. He studied in Paris under Léon Bonnat, and René Princeteau. and his work depicted various aspects of everyday life, including cabarets, salons and race tracks. He is best known for his posters of the Moulin Rouge, portraying cabaret performers Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant. He drew inspiration from oriental imagery based on plane geometry. Sweeping diagonals and black strokes are hallmarks of his posters. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec became one of his time’s most important and innovative poster artists.