Henri-Marie-Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa was born 150 years ago on 24 November, 1864. He was a Post-Impressionist French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. His art reflected the enriched world in which he lived in, which included the many dance halls brothels, bars and theaters of the time, in Paris. These are often portrayed with a humorous and ironic eye and not without a sense of pity.
His work was influenced by Manet and Degas and Japanese print makers. His work also revolutionized the art of the poster and graphic art. His life ended on 9 September 1901.
At Christie’s Auction House, in 2005, a new world record was set when La blanchisseuse, an early painting of a young laundress, by Toulouse-Lautrec sold for US$22.4 million. J’aime beaucoup!