Happy Belated 150th Birthday Monsieur Henri

I do love how Google reminds everyone of the post-humous birthdays of exceptional people. Sometimes, the Google doodle team’s decisions can be questionable, but yesterday’s focus on the Parisian painter and illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is more than appropriate.

No one caught the frivolity of 19th C Bohemian Paris better than him. The absinthe, the brothels, the dancers…

A man who only lived a short life (died at 36) managed to capture an astounding sense of urban identity, mostly in Paris, but also in London! His own weaknesses can really be felt in his portrayals of the local drunks, as well as his fascination with the prostitutes of Montmartre.

Here’s a few selected works that have inspired me, and many others, at some point along the line:

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