The Painter of the Marginalised
Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter, printmaker, and illustrator known for his iconic depictions of bohemian Parisian nightlife in the late 19th century. Born Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa in Albi, France, he was born into an aristocratic family but suffered from physical disabilities due to a genetic condition. Lautrec found solace and inspiration in art, particularly in the vibrant cabaret and dance halls of Montmartre.
He captured the energy and spirit of these establishments through his distinctive style, characterized by bold colours, flattened perspectives, and a keen sense of observation. Lautrec’s works explored themes of desire, decadence, and social commentary, often portraying dancers, prostitutes, and the marginalized. His contributions to the art world remain highly influential, and his iconic posters and lithographs continue to captivate audiences worldwide.