Toulouse lautrec midget

DOCTORS, like anyone else, cannot help being fascinated by the sorrows and afflictions of the famous, and nothing can give a rare disease more cachet than to link it to one of history's luminaries. Perhaps the most celebrated dwarf of all times was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the exuberant portraitist of cabaret dancers and prostitutes and gleeful caricaturist of social pretense, as well as of his own less-than-fetching appearance. But there are many different routes to stunted stature, and the question that has piqued scientific curiosity since the painter's death in is, what dwarfed Toulouse-Lautrec? In , two French doctors first described a type of inherited skeletal abnormality they called pycnodysostosis, and they assured that their announcement would win wide attention by arguing that this was the malady of France's most beloved poster boy. Yet because the painter's family would not allow his remains to be dug up to make a definitive diagnosis, the theory has been disputed. Now, two papers in the current issue of the journal Nature Genetics, as well as an accompanying historical commentary, reanimate the debate over Toulouse-Lautrec.
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, A Short and Painful Life -

Born on November 24, , in Albi, France, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec pursued painting as a youth and went on to create innovations in lithograph drawing. He became highly famed for his posters, influenced by Japanese styles and Impressionist Edgar Degas , and for imbuing marginalized populations with humanity in his art, including sex workers, as seen in his print series Elles. Consumed by heavy drinking and suffering from various illnesses, he died on September 9, , at the age of He would also endure painful toothaches and facial deformities during his life as well. Yet Toulouse-Lautrec, like other members of his family, would find solace in the world of art, taking up sketching before reaching his adolescence and honing his craft during his long periods of recuperation from health issues. As opposed to many of his contemporaries, art critics have pointed out that Toulouse-Lautrec was also known for his humanistic, realistic depictions of women, eschewing fantasy to accurately reflect the circumstances of many of the people he came to know. Many of his pieces also captured sex workers in moments beyond erotic objectification.
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In addition to being the artist who designed the Moulin Rouge's legendary posters, Toulouse-Lautrec was an aristocrat, dwarf, and party animal who invented a cocktail called the Earthquake half absinthe, half cognac. His favorite pursuits were dressing up geisha girl and clown get-ups were among his more memorable party outfits and frequenting Parisian brothels, where he was a V. Like insects trapped in amber, his paintings, drawings and of course his famous posters preserve the swirl of energy, mix of classes and cultures, and the highs and lows of urban life in 19 th -century Paris. Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa the long name reflects his high-class social status was born into an aristocratic family in the South of France.
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Though they didn't have a name for it in , it's believed that Toulouse-Lautrec suffered from pycnodysostosis, which has since been dubbed Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome. He stood at 4 feet 8 inches. He broke both his legs between the ages of thirteen and fourteen and never fully healed, resulting in abnormally stunted legs yet a relatively normal-sized torso.
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