“Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an œuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times. Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house a new record was set when “La blanchisseuse”, an early painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million U.S” – Wikipedia.

Photo: Full-length portrait of French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec wearing an overcoat, a bowler hat, and pince-nez eyeglasses while holding a cane. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1895

Toulouse-Lautrec famous for his portrayals of prostitutes and bar maids, seen here in Japanese fancy-dress costume carrying a doll. (Photo by Maurice Guibert/Getty Images). 1899

Toulouse-Lautrec, the French painter and lithographer who was famous for his portrayals of prostitutes and bar maids. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1898

French painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec standing with the Director of the Moulin Rouge, Tremolada by one of his painted posters advertising the famous club. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images). 1895

French painter and lithographer Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1890

A scene from the United Artists film “Moulin Rouge”, a fictional biopic of Toulouse Lautrec. The diminutive artist is played by Jose Ferrer but for full length shots such as this once, a body double is used. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Keystone Features/Getty Images). 1952

A young couple in the doorway of the Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret venue in Paris' Montmartre region. It was frequented by many Parisian artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1950
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