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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The celebrated French illustrator, printmaker, and painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was the only surviving heir of an aristocratic family whose assimilation into the decadence of Parisian nightlife in the late 19th century led to the development of a provocative and iconic Post-Impressionist artistic style. Described as one of the “most consistent and extreme” artists of his era, Toulouse-Lautrec rejected conventions of his time, and succeeded where others failed in creating works that captured the atmospheric effects of a moment, along with the psychological character of the subject. Though short, the life of the prolific artist made an everlasting impact on the visual mediums he mastered with innovation and ease; an impact that is celebrated worldwide, and commemorated with an exceptional museum, the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, in his birthplace of Albi, France. Collected by recognized institutions around the world, Toulouse-Lautrec’s work seems to speak endlessly to the nature of the current affairs, the enduring constitution of the human spirit.