Happy Birthday Henri Toulouse Lautrec!! Born in 1864, Lautrec was from France. He suffered 2 broken legs in childhood that severely stunted his growth. He studied art in Paris and was first successful with posters, moving into painting. He preferred painting Parisian nightlife as well as scenes outdoors. He traveled throughout Europe, including Brussels, England, Holland, Spain and Portugal. Unfortunately he had problems with alcohol, which would ultimately lead to his death.