Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has become famous as the bohemian artist of the Moulin Rouge. He captured the spirit and emotion of the belle époque, the "beautiful era" in Paris, through his posters and prints. This Web site is devoted to his life and work.
The story of Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge
Some people are suprised to learn that the characters in the recent movie "Moulin Rouge" were based on real people — including the artist portrayed by John Leguizamo.
On this Web site you'll find a brief biography of Toulouse-Lautrec, who lived from 1864 to 1901. There are also pages for his friends and poster subjects, the shameless Louise Weber ("La Goulue"), the graceful yet melancholy Jane Avril, and the combative singer-comedian Aristide Bruant, as well as the story of the Moulin Rouge nightclub itself.
Although his handicap and his alcohol abuse kept him from enjoying some of life's pleasures, Lautrec clearly shared in the joie de vivre of the time. Today, we can share in it through his artwork. Here are descriptions and images of his posters.
Lautrec t-shirts & merchandise
Here are two pages with an extensive, reasonably priced selection of Toulouse-Lautrec and Moulin Rouge merchandise, including t-shirts, baseball jerseys, sweatshirts, mugs, postcards, greeting cards, and much more. One features the stylized Moulin Rouge poster you see on these pages, the other has the original Lautrec poster.
Free clip art, e-cards, etc.
Here is a page of free Toulouse-Lautrec poster clip art I created especially for use on Web pages. If you use one of my images, all I ask in return is that you link to this site. Thanks.
You can use the background image on this Web page as a background for your PC desktop. Simply click on this link to view the Moulin Rouge background, right-click on the image, and select "Set as Background."
You might also want to browse my collection of free Lautrec e-cards, the page of books and movies, and the links for more information.