De Toulouse Lautrec (1864-1901)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on November
24, 1864, in southern France. Son and heir of
Comte Alphonse-Charles de Toulouse, he was the
last in the line of an aristocratic family that
dated back a thousand years.
Because he had broken both of his legs in his
early childhood, art and alcohol were his only
mistresses. He devoted all of his time and energy.
He was doing one or both almost every day of his
life until he died. The past is harsh for the
disabled, even if they were gifted artists.
Alcohol was the death of him. As he lay dying,
his mother and a few friends sat at his side.
When his father, the rarely-seen Count Alphonse
showed up, everyone was astonished -- except Henri.
He said, "Good Papa. I knew you wouldn't miss
the kill." Witty til the end.