Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse Lautrec and Art of Infatuation-An Anonymous L’Amour

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TOULOUSE LAUTREC & THE ART OF INFATUATION

AN ANONYMOUS L’AMOUR

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The Passenger in Cabin 54, 1896, lithograph, Private Collection

Only the figure exists.  Landscape merely is, and must not be anything more than an addition.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec*

Although  the work of French Post-Impressionist artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) is mainly set in the night spots of Montmartre, he was captivated by The Passenger in Cabin 54 while on an ocean trip from Le Havre to Lisbon.  However, Lautrec never introduced himself, perhaps preferring to worship the object of his admiration from afar.

*Source of quote is from Lautrec by Lautrec by Ph. Huisman and M.G. Dortu, The Viking Press, New York, 1964.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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