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Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre

focuses on paintings, posters, and other works by Lautrec depicting the decadent spirit and bohemian life of this hilltop working-class district on the outskirts of Paris at the turn of the 20th century. A special web feature discusses Montmartre celebrities, cafes and cabarets, brothels, and circuses portrayed by Lautrec (1864-1901), as well as his first lithograph -- the poster that made him an overnight sensation. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's privileged roots did not make him an obvious fit for the seedy district with which he became associated. The artist was born in the city of Albi, in southern France, into an aristocratic family with ties to the counts of Toulouse, who had once ruled over the Languedoc region of France.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,' 1891, color lithograph (poster), 191 x 117 cm (75 3/16 x 46 1/16 in.).  The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

Moulin Rouge: La Goulue

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