April 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 103

April 12, 2016.

Day 103 (263 days to go)

Cherry Blossoms            Watercolor Pencil Wash

Watercolor Postcard. 5X7Matted

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a painter, printer, and illustrator whose immersion in the vibrant theatrical life of Paris allowed him to produce a collection of appealing, elegant and provocative images of the decadent end of the 19th century.

He was born a dwarf. His parents, the Comte and Comtesse, were first cousins, and he suffered from congenital health conditions sometimes attributed to a family history of inbreeding.

Because he couldn’t engage in physical activities, his mother encouraged him to paint and stay away from taunting children.

He was fascinated by the life of prostitutes, their relationships and life in brothels. His paintings were not vulgar, but informing.  He didn’t offend and instead he painted journalistically. One felt sympathetic to his depictions of life as a dancer or a prostitute.  He is also well known for the posters he made for the opening of the Moulin Rouge.

Toulouse-Lautrec was a heavy drinker, and he died of complications from alcoholism and syphilis at age 36.