150th anniversary of the birth of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, best known as the bohemian artist who brought scenes of the cabarets, circus and brothels of Paris of the belle époque to life in his paintings
The Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, the palace of a former bishop in Albi, the town of his birth, has been renovated for the anniversary. Special exhibitions of his work during the year can be expected at major art museums around the world. His physical deformity - an adult-sized torso and very short legs -- his alcoholism and his absorption in subject matter of working-class life though he came from an aristocratic background, have made him a popular subject for movies and books. His immediately recognizable posters, meanwhile, are among the worlds most reprinted art works. Prints, particularly of his Moulin Rouge and Montmartre posters, adorn merchandise from T-shirts to tea towels, so the anniversary is likely to be a profitable day for Toulouse-Lautrec merchants. He died on 9 Sep 1901.