Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Birth
Albi, Departement du Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Death 9 Sep 1901 (aged 36)
Saint-Andre-du-Bois, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Burial Verdelais, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Memorial ID 6699918 · View Source
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Artist. Born in the town of Albi, in the south of France, he was the last in a long line of aristocrats and would have become the Count of Toulouse, if he had not died before his father. His diminutive height of 4 feet and 11 inches, which caused him much psychological pain throughout his life, was the result of a hereditary abnormality that prevented his legs from growing after they were broken in his adolescence. He was often ridiculed for his deformity. About 1882 he moved to Paris to pursue his education and career in art and settled in the area known as Montmartre. He quickly became immersed in the bohemian lifestyle of the times, and soon became addicted to alcohol and absinthe. A lover of the nightlife, he was a regular at the cafes and dancehalls, in particular the Moulin Rouge, where he made many friends among the artists and dancers. Through all his carousing, he continued to sketch and paint prolifically, choosing as his subjects the people and places of the Parisian cabaret scene. He is credited with inventing the Art-Poster, with his quick drawings and paintings on paper, depicting his view of life in Paris. Unlike many other painters, he enjoyed a good deal of success during his brief lifetime, with gallery exhibitions and many commissions, as well as a certain notoriety as the archetypical bohemian artist. Alcoholism, absinthe, syphilis, and his physical deformity all took their toll on Henri's health. He went through a bout of delirium tremens in 1899. After detoxification at Folie St-James and a summer in the Gironde, he returned to Paris, only to fall back into his old lifestyle. When his health declined again, he returned home to Chateau de Malromé, where his mother owned a vineyard. Sometime after suffering what may have been a stroke, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec died at the Chateau on September 9, 1901 at the age of 36. He was buried near the Calvary hill, in the cemetery at Verdelais.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6699918
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (24 Nov 1864–9 Sep 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6699918, citing Cimetière de Verdelais, Verdelais, Departement de la Gironde, Aquitaine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .