Shaken, Not Stirred

BY EMILY CATRICE / What made the Belle Époque so memorable? The answer may vary depending on one’s drink of choice; it must have gone by awfully fuzzily for a certain fast-living lot. If there’s a single art historical misfit-bon vivant really known for reveling hard in the spirit of the age, it’s Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A stranger to neither the…

Fortune's Fool?

  Poor Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Not literally— the storied French painter and lithographer of the nineteenth century was born a dot on a line of formidable counts stretching back, uninterrupted, to Charlemagne. But a silver spoon hardly ever glanced his fleshy lips; his origins in ancestral chateaux were the opening of a condemned circle which…