|DAY 304||PROFILES IN ART|
DECADENCE IN FIN-DE-SIÈCLE PARIS
For Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, art was an escape from the pain and tragedy of his life. Born in Albi, France, to an affluent aristocratic family, Lautrec was a sickly child who became disabled in his early teens after fractures in his legs failed to heal in full. As a result, he stopped growing at a little over four feet tall and was unable to take part in many normal childhood activities. Art subsequently became his outlet.