Toulouse-Lautrec My Hero
Born in France and was not given the body of a dwarf, however figurative diseases caused his bones to become weak and one of his legs to stop growing. Thus, he developed a torso that of an adult yet had the legs of a child. In essence, he was a dwarf, measuring only 5 feet tall as full grown man. This disfiguration also effected his sexual life. Because he was left mentally handicapped and incapable of participating in regular activities, he immersed himself in art and became a major figure in the post impressionism era. He found a safe haven, good company and artistic inspiration among the brothels of Paris, among the social outcasts of society is where his talent flourished (and also where he later contracted syphilis). Although far from a performer himself, and more a patron to these places, his perception was unique in that he could almost empathize with his subjects…his friends, rather than objectify them. It proving to be a great vantage point for his artwork. Below, do you think he is reflecting….or projecting ?
As a trained printmaker, he also created promotional material for these venues; especially and probably most renown, the Moulin Rouge in Paris.