By Elizabeth Barber
November 24, 2014

It would be Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 150th birthday, had the bohemian, bibulous artist not died in his 30s, and Google is marking the fact with a Google Doodle.

The French artist, who suffered from a genetic disorder that gave him an adult torso but child-sized legs, is best known for his painted scenes of wild, bohemian Parisian nightlife, including his posters for the opening of the Moulin Rouge.

The famed cabaret went on to keep a seat reserved for the artist, who was well known for living a life as colorful as his art. The Toulouse-Lautrec Foundation describes him as a “confidant” of Paris’ prostitutes, with whom he often moved in for weeks to paint their domestic lives.

Toulouse-Lautrec is believed to have contracted syphilis from his favorite model, the redheaded Rosa la Rouge. He died from complications from the disease, as well as alcoholism, at just 36 years old.

Write to Elizabeth Barber at elizabeth.barber@timeasia.com.

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