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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecBorn: 24-Nov-1864
Birthplace: Albi, France
Died: 9-Sep-1901
Location of death: Malrome, France
Cause of death: Syphilis
Remains: Buried, Cimetière de Verdelais, Verdelais, Gironde, France

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Painter

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Dwarfish painter of France's Moulin Rouge

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a boy when he broke both legs. His bones did not heal correctly, and eventually they stopped growing altogether, leaving an embittered Toulouse-Lautrec with the short, stumpy legs of a child and the abdomen of a full-grown man. Deprived of a "normal" life, he devoted himself to his art. More often than not, the subject of his art was the Moulin Rouge ("red windmill") a club in Paris' 18th arrondisement and a symbol of the Bohemian lifestyle of late 19th century France.

He frequented the Moulin Rouge, drinking heavily of alcohol and absinthe, and depicted it in his art as a place of decadence and ruin; indeed, it is widely believed that the syphilis that killed him was given to him by a prostitute whose acquaintance he made there.

Father: Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec
Mother: Comtesse Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec

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