Monday, November 29, 2010

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

I want to show you some art work by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He is our November artist and is best known as a painter, illustrator, and printmaker.

He was born on November 24, 1864 in the southern part of France. History places him in the Post Impressionist art period and he was friends with many other artists who enjoyed the Paris artist scene.

Here is a painting he did of one of his artist friends, Vincent Van Gogh who also became famous after his death.

He was very good at capturing people in their working environment. Here is one of his self portraits.

As a child he had broken both of his legs and they did not heal properly and stopped growing. He never grew taller than 5 feet. He was often sick and only lived to be 36 years old.
In 2005 one of his paintings sold for 22.4 million U.S. dollars. I like his posters the most. Here are two.

What do you think of his art work?