Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 23, 2014

Today 24 November 2014 Google celebrate the legacy of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec Internationally with a Google Doodle. Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was a French Illustrator, Painter, Printmaker and Draughtsman born on the 24th of November 1864 in Albi, Tarn, France. He died at the age of 36 in Château Malromé, France.


Henri de Toulouse Lautrec Paintings

Here is a selection of his most famous paintings and Illustrations.


Portrait of Vincent van Gogh (1887), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam


Equestrienne (At the Circus Fernando) (1888)


The Laundress (1889)


At the Moulin Rouge (1890)


Portrait of Gabrielle (1891)


La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge (1892)


At the Moulin Rouge: Two Women Waltzing (1892)


Quadrille at the Moulin Rouge (1892)


Jane Avril leaving the Moulin Rouge (c. 1892)


In Bed (1893)


Salon at the Rue des Moulins (1894)


The Medical Inspection at the Rue des Moulins Brothel (1894)

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec Fame

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec is counted among the best of the best painters of the late 1800’s. His name is counted among these of painters like Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. In an auction in 2005 at the Christie's auction house, a new record was set when La blanchisseuse, an early painting of a young laundress by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec sold for US$22.4 million.

Throughout Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s career, which spanned less than 20 years, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec created 737 canvases, 275 watercolours, 363 prints and posters, 5,084 drawings, some ceramic and stained glass work, and an unknown number of lost works.

His debt to the Impressionists, in particular the more figurative painters Manet and Degas, is apparent. His style was influenced by the classical Japanese woodprints which became popular in art circles in Paris.

In Henri de Toulouse Lautrec works can be seen parallels to Manet's detached barmaid at A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and the behind-the-scenes ballet dancers of Degas.

He excelled at depicting people in their working environments, with the colour and movement of the gaudy night-life present but the glamour stripped away, and was masterful when painting crowd scenes in which the figures are highly individualized.

At the time that they were painted, the individual figures in his larger paintings could be identified by silhouette alone, and the names of many of these characters have been recorded.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec treatment of his subject matter, whether as portraits, scenes of Parisian night-life, or intimate studies, has been described as both sympathetic and dispassionate.

For more information on Henri de Toulouse Lautrec you can visit the Wikipedia Site, where they have a comprehensive article about the life and legacy of this artist.