Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French artist and illustrator that lived from 1864 to 1901. He grew up disabled, being dwarfed at the young age of 16. This, however, led to his parents allowing him to study art and build upon the natural talent he innately demonstrated. Henri went on to create a wide variety of pieces, from drawings, painting, and sketches to book covers, advertisements, and posters.
Henri utilized many different styles and techniques in his works such as repetition, drawing a subject over and over again, painting on cardboard, and sketching outlines in bright blue-green oil to give his finished pieces a "sketchy quality". He used anything from charcoal, oils, and pastels to inks and watercolors. However, Henri approached each piece with stylistic choices he believed would help him achieve his desired effect.
Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)
Henri's work "Confetti" features singer and actress Jeanna Granier and was commissioned by J. & E. Bella, London. This is another piece that beautifully captures Henri's use of line quality. In this lithograph, he uses simple, deep colors, such as the orange hair, to emphasize the main subject. He also balances the composition well by including the hands in the upper left corner and sprinkling confetti across the other empty spaces.
Woman before a Mirror (1897)
Henri was fascinated by the female body and sought to represent it in its natural form. He would often draw women doing every-day tasks, rather than posing in artificial poses. His work "Woman before a Mirror," to me, is a commentary on the female image with the subject of the painting looking in a mirror at her true, unaltered form. Henri used great contrast in color to draw attention to his subject and highlight the meaning of the piece.
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