Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born into a highly eccentric aristocratic family. Having suffered from a genetic condition that prevented bones from healing when broken, he suffered ridicule most of his life, as he grew only to 4-1/2 feet tall.
He found his calling in art, and was especially fond of the poster, as he could trade his works to sustain his bohemian (often drunken) lifestyle. His name virtually represents the arts of the Belle Époque, documenting the nightlife of Montmartre. He became a slave to absinthe, and died at the age of 36.
The originals for these stamps can be found in the Musée D'Albi, dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec's artwork:
- Vieille femme assise à Céleyran (Old Woman Sitting on a Bench at Celeyran) - 1882
- "Bouboule", Bull-dog de Mme Palmyre ("Fluffy", Mrs. Palyre's Bulldog) - 1897
- Artilleur sellant son cheval (Gunner Saddling his Horse) - 1879
- Moulin Rouge - 1891
- La Modiste (The Milliner) - 1900
- Yvette Guilbert saluant le public (Yvette Guilbert Greeting the Public) - 1894
Presented in 5 by 6 inches sheets of 6 stamps each, with water-activated adhesive in the fashion of traditional postage. Each Artistamp is approximately 1-9/16 by 2 inches.
Please remember that these are faux postes and not to be used to replace the true postage necessary for mailing!