Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, that is. He was born 156 years ago today in southern France.
Toulouse-Lautrec was a post-impressionist painter and illustrator who engulfed himself in the colorful and theatrical life of the late 19th century Paris. He produced many provocative works reflecting on his time spent at the Moulin Rouge and other carefree places.
He died young, at the age of 37. His early demise is attributed in part to his party-hard lifestyle. He also suffered from congenital health conditions likely caused by a history of inbreeding in his family. His parents were first cousins.
Here is a map of France by the more serious Johann Homann, a German cartographer and publisher, from his 1742 Atlas.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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