Eschewing the sheltered and self-pitying life he might have chosen to lead, Lautrec became almost the proto-typical Bohemian artist, living in Montmartre with the determination to forge an independent life for himself in spite of his physical limitations. Certainly he didn't allow these limitations to temper a determinedly self-destructive pattern of existence which ultimately led to his death in 1901 at the age of thirty-seven. In the haunts of the demi-monde, behind a mask of disaffected conviviality, Lautrec observed and preserved images from the passing show. In these two sketches, reminiscent of the top-hatted figures in At the Moulin-Rouge, he depicts one of the habitues of the Montmartre night spots.
Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas, Early French Moderns: The Genesis of the Modern Era, August 29 - November 14, 1982.
M.G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son œuvre, vol. VI, Catalogue des dessins, Collectors ed., New York 1971, n° D.4.350
Amarillo Art Center, Early French Modern, August 29 - November 14, 1982, Amarillo, Texas, reproduced in catalogue, no. 13
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