Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter
"Untiringly, Lautrec observes everything that, from 1885 to 1901, swirls and swirls in the races, velodromes, circuses, concert cafés, Montmartre balls, theatres, places where the nude can move freely. A huge production of nearly four hundred lithographs and posters, thousands of sketches, drawings and a few hundred paintings, is the result of hard work. But, burned by life, at thirty-seven years old, in the full lucidity of his mind, painting to the extreme limit of his strength, Lautrec died, dying of exhaustion. »
In the first biography published on Toulouse-Lautrec, in 1926, and never reissued since, his friend Maurice Joyant revives the figure of the man he met in high school. Faithful to man, he travels and goes out a lot in his company, but also serves his art, which he strives to make known, by organizing exhibitions, then drawing up his catalogue and being at the origin of the donation of the painter's works to the city of Albi for its museum. Nurtured by numerous personal letters, confidences and intimate anecdotes from Toulouse-Lautrec, this rich biography tells how this singular little man with great talent will win the halo of a legend; a "resolutely modern" legend.
Éditions de Paris-Max Chaleil