Toulouse-Lautrec

Masterpieces of Lithography by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) 

Of aristocratic descent, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in the world  of Parisian dancehalls, brothels, and cafés and created indelible images of its  inhabitants. Deftly working on the multiple stones required to make a lithograph  of more than one color, he developed a distinctive graphic style characterized by  a bright palette, attenuated forms, and expressive line. His inventive methods  of spraying ink onto the printing surface to create mists of color and employing  metallic powders result in dazzling atmospheric effects. In these works, he  offers an insider’s view of Paris’s underbelly, where different classes intermingle  and spectacle has a place both on and off stage. Matching the modernity of his  subjects with an unmistakably modern style, he defined the image of fin-de-siècle  Paris for all subsequent generations.