Niue – 2008 – 1 Dollar – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (BU)


fourth coin in the painter series after da Vinci

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Issuing Bank: Niue Island
Face value: 1 Dollar
Metal: 925/1000 Ag
Finish: Uncirculated
Dimensions: 40.00 x 28.00 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Shape: Rectangular
Edge: Plain
Mintage: up to 15,000 pcs

Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1864-1901). Many immortal painters lived and worked in Paris during the late 19th century. They included Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec observed and captured in his art the Parisian nightlife of the period.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on Nov. 24, 1864, in Albi, France. He was an aristocrat, the son and heir of Comte Alphonse-Charles de Toulouse and last in line of a family that dated back a thousand years. Henri’s father was rich, handsome, and eccentric. His mother was overly devoted to her only living child. Henri was weak and often sick.
Toulouse-Lautrec lived wholly for his art. He stayed in the Montmartre section of Paris, the center of the cabaret entertainment and bohemian life that he loved to paint. Circuses, dance halls and nightclubs, racetracks all these spectacles were set down on canvas or made into lithographs.
Toulouse-Lautrec was very much a part of all this activity. He would sit at a crowded nightclub table, laughing and drinking, and at the same time he would make swift sketches.
Toulouse-Lautrec died on Sept. 9, 1901, at the family chateau of Malrome. Since then his paintings and posters–particularly the Moulin Rouge group–have been in great demand and bring high prices at auctions and art sales.