Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (November 24, 1864 - September 9, 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator. He is among the most well-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period. His parents were first cousins and he suffered from

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (November 24, 1864 - September 9, 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator. He is among the most well-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period. His parents were first cousins and he suffered from congenital health conditions sometimes attributed to a family history of inbreeding. At the age of 13 he fractured his right thigh bone and, at 14, the left. The breaks did not heal properly. Modern physicians attribute this to an unknown genetic disorder, possibly pycnodysostosis (also sometimes known as Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome). He developed an adult-sized torso, while retaining his child-sized legs. He became an important Post-Impressionist painter, art nouveau illustrator, and lithographer, and recorded in his works many details of the late 19th century bohemian lifestyle in Paris. An alcoholic for most of his adult life, he was placed in a sanatorium shortly before his death. He died in 1901 from complications due to alcoholism and syphilis at the family estate in Malromé at the age of 36.

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