Henri de Toulouse-Loutree was one of the great personalities of fin de siècle Paris, a famous and popular figure known by and knowing, everyone who mattered in bohemian circles. He is usually classified as a postimpressionist painter, along with his contemporaries Gaugin and Van Gogh.
In common with many artists, Toulouse-Loutree had to struggle to gain acceptance, but unlike his peers, his fight was not so much for his art for his art as for himself. At just slightly over 5 feet tall, he faced prejudice and derision. To assuage the hurt, he took to drink, which ultimately hastened his early death.