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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator. He is best known for his exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes depraved life of those times. He is known as one of the greatest painters of Post-Impressionist period. Toulouse-Lautrec was born at the chateau de Malrome near Albi, Tarn in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France. He started his artwork when since he was young. He used to draw sketches and caricatures in his workbooks. He also got some informal art lessons from his father’s friend. Toulouse-Lautrec suffered from health problems and disabilities in his life. As an adult he was only 5’1” and was reported to have hypertrophied gentiles. He was constantly bullied for his physical appearance and disabilities. To relief himself from the psychological trauma, he drowned himself into alcoholism. He died due to alcoholism and syphilis at the age of 36. In his 20 years of career as an artist, he crated numerous paintings ranging from canvases, watercolors, prints and posters to drawings. He was an expert in capturing the people at their workplaces and in crowds in which the subjects were individualized. Toulouse-Lautrec was physically disable but he showed his high ability as an actor.