Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901
High auction record
$22m, Christie's, 2005
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their Contemporaries,
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque,
Phillips Collection
East Building Permanent Collection,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Renowned Post-Impressionist painter, lithographer, and art nouveau illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is famous for his depictions of French fin de siècle urban life. Working in his characteristic linear style, Lautrec frequently portrayed scenes from brothels and cabaret clubs, including the Moulin Rouge, where he had a seat reserved after producing a series of promotional posters for the club’s opening in 1888. Lautrec was influenced by the artists Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet, who shared with them a keen interest in the observation of social culture.

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