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Henri 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.

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