Trapped in a deformed and sickly body, as a boy Count Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec turned to painting for solace. Although he came from an aristocratic family that could be traced back thousands of years and grew up in a castle, he broke with family tradition by choosing to live the bohemian life of a painter.
Living in Paris' Montmartre, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec recorded the life around him by painting scenes of nightclubs, race tracks, and even brothels. He enjoyed going to these places with friends. While he was there, he made rough sketches of the scenes around him which he later turned into brightly-colored works of art.
In addition to painting, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec did illustrations for books and designed numerous lithographs and posters using methods he himself created.
Sadly, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec got caught up in the lifestyle he was painting and the need for acceptance and turned to drink. Even though institutionalized, the alcohol took control of his life, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec died in 1901 at the young age of 37.