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How To Draw Like Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec - in bed

When Justin BUA was first learning how to draw as a young man, there were many artists from different eras and countries who inspired him and caught his eye - one of them being the famous French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec was a brilliant draughtsman, painter, technician, and compositionist who came out of France's Post-Modernist period, which was lasted from 1886-1914.   

Post-Modernist paintings are characterized by their use of bright color, thick paint, distinctive lines, and using real-life subject matter. Toulouse-Lautrec was famous for capturing people in their natural environments, and his treatment of his subjects has been described as "sympathetic and dispassionate". Much like BUA, Toulouse-Lautrec also painted scenes of the underground. 

Paintings such as Queen of Joy, Moulin Rouge, Hangover are some of the more well known pieces by Toulouse-Lautrec, but there are many others that are worth looking into if you're interested in Toulouse-Lautrec.  Some artists can't help but get excited when talking about their favorite artists (especially Toulouse-Lautrec), and here BUA's colorful personality really comes across.  You'll get a little French lesson here as well as BUA channels his inner Toulouse-LautrecJ'aime l'art! 

If you are a painter or know how to draw then be sure to pay close attention to some of the things that BUA goes over in this video.  In the greater context of Art History, BUA discusses why Toulouse-Lautrec was so important to the underground art scene. Want more art history lessons from BUA?  Then sign up today for BUA's Online Art School where he covers different artists from France, Germany, USA, Hungary, Russia, African and much more.  Remember, Art is more than knowing how to draw or paint a portrait... Art is history!

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