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Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri (Marie Raymond) de . 1864--1901, French painter and lithographer, noted for his paintings and posters of the life of Montmartre, Paris
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The blue cornflower-blue dye is unique to this particular area of France and giftshops dedicated to selling products made from woad, such as soaps, perfume and scarves, can be found lining the streets of Lautrec.
In a brief mature career of only 15 years (Lautrec died at age 36 from complications of alcoholism and syphilis), the artist was stunningly prolific, producing approximately 1,000 paintings and watercolors, nearly 5,000 drawings and more than 350 prints and posters.
"We have projections of the Lautrec paintings, the asylum, Paris in the spring and what really nails it is wonderful music written by Hector Bizerk.
Lautrec's rise and prolonged success was aided by his close relationships with key promoters, such as the haughty and enterprising cafe owner, performer, and publisher Aristide Bruant.
On one of the walls there are even Lautrec doodles, as fresh today as when he first drew them more than 100 years ago.
When Lautrec first called on her, the door was answered by a footman, a surprising addition to a nightclub singer's menage.
Lautrec lived in Montmartre, except for brief visits to Spain where he studied the work of El Greco and Diego Velasquez; Belgium; and England where he met Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler.
Lautrec himself became instantly famous with his first poster, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (The Glutton), 3,000 copies of which were pasted around Paris in December 1891.
Lautrec did, and his art-historical reputation has suffered for it ever since.