The Prince of Pigalle: In pursuit of pleasure in the Belle EpoqueToday, the painter and graphic artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 1901) is considered as one of the most inspired portrayers of human figures. This physically handicapped scion of the old French nobility was fascinated by life around Montmartre, whose cafes, cabarets, dance halls, and bordellos presented him with the theater of life. More than any other artist, Toulouse-Lautrec captured the Belle Epoque s pursuit of fleeting pleasure: directly and without flattery, his paintings, lithographs, and posters offer a masterly and timeless image of the age.About the series: Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions"
About the Author
Matthias Arnold, born in 1947, wrote his doctoral thesis on Vincent van Gogh. He lives in Munich and works as a freelance writer.