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Toulouse-Lautrec: The Moulin Rouge and the City of Lights.

[PRINT] TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: The Moulin Rouge and the City of Lights (2005; $17.95), by Robert Burleigh. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 100 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011;

One of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's friends is known to have said, "The oftener you see him, the taller he grows." Born in 1864, Toulouse-Lautrec died in 1901. He lived for only 36 years. Yet, in his lifetime, he completed more than 725 oil paintings, 275 watercolors, 5,000 drawings and 325 prints and posters. It is an understatement to observe that he was a remarkable artist.

Robert Burleigh's book is well written. Its contents make it appropriate for a wide range of students: elementary, middle school and high school classes. Rather than dwelling upon Toulouse-Lautrec's unfortunate circumstances, such as his crippled legs, lisp and deformed facial features, the book celebrates his warm personal characteristics, his ability to make friends and his incredible creative energy.

The author provides a sense of the social dynamics of Montmartre and life in the now-famous music halls: the Chat Noir (the Black Cat) and the Moulin Rouge (the Red Mill). The book was developed in close cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago and includes excellent illustrations: photographs of Paris scenes; images of Toulouse-Lautrec with friends and models; and examples of his paintings, drawings and posters. Overall, it is an excellent resource for teaching.--J.J.H. For information about this publication, circle No. 400 on the Reader Service Card.
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Author:Hausman, Jerome J.
Publication:Arts & Activities
Article Type:Book review
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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