How Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Took 19th-Century Paris by Storm—and Went Down in History
All of this makes Toulouse-Lautrec, who died at just 36 years old in 1901, an eccentric figure and somewhat of an outlier among his peers. His art, which focused largely on bars and dance halls in Paris and the people who frequented them, looks quite unlike the landscapes his Impressionist and Post-Impressionist colleagues produced, and his bombastic sensibility often imbued his work with a theatricality that ran counter to the era’s dominating styles. And yet, Toulouse-Lautrec’s work continues to fascinate, partly because it provides such a clear window into life in late 19th-century France.
With a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition featuring 215 of the artist’s most famous prints due to open at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, next week, below is a look at the French artist’s life and work.