When most people look at art they see a picture. When I look at art I not only look at the picture but I also look for the story behind the picture. A painting is a part of history and to understand it better one has to look at it in context.
When you look at this painting you should know a little about the artist who painted it and equally important it is essential to discover who is depicted in the painting.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lived between 1864 and 1901 and is considered a Post-Impressionist. Born in an aristocratic family, Toulouse-Lautrec fractured both his legs which never healed properly. Combined with acute genetic defects these injuries caused his legs to cease to grow leaving him short in stature. He was only 4 ft 8 in tall. Because of this Toulouse-Lautrec began to focus solely on his art as a teenager.