#FridayPainting: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec “In the Salon of the Rue des Moulins”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, along with Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Georges Seurat.

When I view Henri’s paintings, I recognize his ability to capture people in ordinary surroundings. There is an intimacy in his portrayal, an understanding of their hopes and dreams, without the facade of glamour or adventure. In so doing, he gives us the extraordinary of a moment in time that speaks to our hearts.

When I view “In the Salon of the Rue de Moulins,” I am standing behind Henri as he applies paint in long, thin brushstrokes.

What I did not know until recently was that Henri was known for his excellent cooking. Over time, he brought together a collection of his favourite recipes that his friend and dealer, Maurice Joyant published, after Henri’s death, as L’Art de la Cuisine.

Good news, there is a translation into English which is available on Amazon for about $2,500 Canadian dollars.

I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.”Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec “In the Salon of the Rue des Moulins, 1894
L’art de la Cuisine