Arts Everyday Living: A Teenager Artist—Toulouse-Lautrec & Portrait of a Pet

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A TEENAGER ARTIST

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC & MARGOT

 

 

….Yes, what disturbed me especially was his disorderly form.  Poor Henri! Every morning he came to my studio; at the age of 14, in 1878, he copied my studies and painted portraits; mind you, I trembled with horror. 

Rene Princeteau*

 

Toulouse Lautrec

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Margot, 1881, oil, Private Collection

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s early art teacher Rene Princeteau evidently had doubts initially about his aristocratic teenage student according to the quote above.  But by the time Lautrec was 17, he had become an accomplished  painter, using as models both the domestic pets and farm animals that populated his father’s estate in southern France. He had a special fondness for dogs, whether his pere Count Alphonse’s Gordon Setter or his own spaniel Flèche or Margot, an unidentified breed, who poses irresistibly for posterity.

Henri Toulouse Lautrec, born 1864, died 1901.

*The source for this blog is Toulouse-Lautrec: The Theater of Life by Matthias Arnold,Taschen publisher, Cologne, Germany, 1987.

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