The Prince of Pigalle. In pursuit of pleasure in the belle epoque. Today, the painter and graphic artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901) is considered as one of the most inspired portrayers of human figures. This physically handicapped scion of the old French nobility was fascinated by life around Montmartre, whose cafes, cabarets, dance halls, and bordellos presented him with the "theatre of life." More than any other artist, Toulouse-Lautrec captured the belle epoque\''s pursuit of fleeting pleasure: directly and without flattery, his paintings, lithographs, and posters offer a masterly and timeless image of the age. Every book in TASCHEN\''s "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist\''s life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and a concise biography.