Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (1864 - 1901)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec an aristocrat, the heir of Comte Alphonse-Charles de Toulouse and last in line of a family that dated back a thousand years was born in Albi. Deformed by accidents in his youth, Lautrec drifted away from the aristocratic circles in which he had been brought up. Lautrec's style is nearer drawing than painting and he is known for his impressionist images of the Parisian night scenes. Many of his paintings featured actresses, dancers, circus performers, or prostitutes. He spent weeks--sometimes months in brothels painting scenes.