Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret (1893)
The young count De Toulouse-Lautrec, who was quite small and suffered from a limp, was not born to a traditional military career. He felt at home in Montmartre, with its humour, irony and its fancy dress parties so typical of the fin-de-siècle.
He was a regular customer of the cabaret bar Le Mirliton and for its owner, the singer Aristide Bruant, he designed wall paintings and magazine covers. It was the poster for Le Moulin Rouge, though, which brought him instant fame.