Born on November 24, 1864, in Albi, France, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, a print maker, a draughtsman and an illustrator whose immersion in the colorful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, life of the time.
Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, with Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Henri pursued painting as a youth and went on to create innovations in lithograph drawing. He became highly famed for his posters, influenced by Japanese styles and Impressionist Edgar Degas, and for imbuing marginalized populations with humanity in his art, including sex workers, as seen in his 1896 print series «Elles». Other notable works include «At the Moulin Rouge» and «The Streetwalker».
Consumed by heavy drinking and suffering from various illnesses, he died on September 9, 1901, at the age of 36.