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10 Photographic Reasons Why You Should Fall In Love with Toulouse-Lautrec

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10 Photographic Reasons Why You Should Fall In Love with Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. Everyone knows his most famous works presenting the stars of Montmartre, bourdelles and cabarets. But not everyone knows his interest in photographies.

Toulouse-Lautrec‘s close friend was Maurice Guibert who was a self-thought photographer, an agent for the champagne company Moët and Chandon and a member of the Société française de photographie. He took plenty of very interesting photographs of Toulouse-Lautrec, often using photomontages. Maurice Guibert’s work not only documents the life and creation of the painter, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, it also highlights how much photography was emerging as a specific artistic discipline that was going through its own experimentations and aesthetic. Although the amateur photographer was simply following one of the common photographic conventions of the turn of the century, his ironic perspective on the subject drew emphasis to the special position of the already internationally known artist. Here we found 10 photographic reasons why you should fall in love in Toulouse-Lautrec:

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Mr. Toulouse paints Mr. Lautrec (ca. 1891)

Maurice Guibert, Lautrec and Lautrec, Photomontage, 1890

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Maurice Guibert, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Dressed as a Japanese Samurai

Maurice Guibert, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Dressed as a Japanese Samurai, date unknown

3.

Toulouse-Lautrec photos Toulouse Lautrec and Lucien Metivet drinking absinthe circa 1885

Toulouse Lautrec and Lucien Metivet drinking absinthe circa 1885

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Photo taken by Maurice Guibert (1892)

Maurice Guibert, Portrait of Toulouse-Lautrec, date unknown

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Maurice Guibert, Portrait of Toulouse-Lautrec, date unknown

Maurice Guibert, Portrait of Toulouse-Lautrec, date unknown

6.

Toulouse-Lautrec photos Toulouse Lautrec,(1864-1901) French painter and Illustrator. Asleep in chair

Toulouse Lautrec, Asleep in Chair, date unknown

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Toulouse-Lautrec on the Beach.

Toulouse-Lautrec on the Beach, date unknown

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Maurice Guibert, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on the Bassin d'Arcachon, date

Maurice Guibert, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on the Bassin d’Arcachon, date unknown

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Toulouse-Lautrec photos Toulouse-Lautrec's Portrait, date unknown

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Portrait, date unknown

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Toulouse-Lautrec in his workshop with a nude model (photo by Maurice Guibert)

Maurice Guibert, Toulouse-Lautrec with his model Mirille, 1894

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