Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Painter and Absinthe Drinker

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a great painter who found inspiration in absinthe.


Lautrec liked to drink absinthe and paint. One of his most famous paintings is “Salon at the Rue des Moulins” (1894).


Lautrec loved absinthe so much that he kept some in his hollowed-out cane.


In the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, Lautrec the painter and absinthe drinker is played by John Leguizamo (on the right).

lautrec in moulin rouge

Lautrec once said,

“Do you know what it is like to be haunted by colors? To me… the color green… is something like… temptation.”


One of Lautrec’s most famous paintings is of another absinthe drinker, Van Gogh.


Here is a terrific article about the painter Lautrec, which talks a bit about how absinthe influenced what he drew: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/art-and-absinthe-20121123-29y7z.html


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