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Pierre La Mure’s Novel About Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Pierre la Mure writes a wonderful novel called “Moulin Rouge”. The book ignites the imagination and romantic hunger of art-lovers seeking to be part of 19th century Paris. This period in Paris was an exciting chapter in the history of art. It was during these times that the impressionist art movement emerged, and paved the way for modern art.

When I read this book many years ago, I fell in love and was intrigued by bohemian Montmarte. I loved reading about its Parisian cafes, the brothels, the seedy bars and nightclubs. And of course, I fell in love with the complex and sad life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

This book takes us from Toulouse- Latrec’s childhood to his premature death when he was only 36 years old and everything in between. His relationship with his parents, his friendships with other emerging artists and of course the life he lead in the seedy nightclubs.

Pierre La Mure's Novel about Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
Pierre La Mure Novel about Toulouse Lautrec

Although the book is a fictional story about Toulouse-Lautrec, you will feel like you are viewing and feeling what it could have been like in Paris in the 19th century. It is totally enchanting!

Pierre La Mure immerses you into 19th Century Montmartre & the Artists

Toulouse-Lautrec although brought up in aristocracy leaves his comfortable family life for bohemian Montmartre, a magnet for artists. I loved the name dropping of all the other artist’s of his time that are woven into this book. The author mentions Seurat, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and many others.

Seedy Nightclubs & Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse Lautrec spent alot of his time at the Moulin Rouge, a famous Paris nightclub in Montmartre. The seductive dancers, prostitutes and other citizens of Paris nightlife accepted him in a way that polite society did not.

The Nightlife in The Moulin Rouge - Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting
The Nightlife in The Moulin Rouge – Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting

He repaid the favor with beautiful colorful paintings portraying the dancers, prostitutes and the Parisians in these clubs and cabarets.

In all spheres of life, Toulouse-Lautrec struggles to fit in because of his deformities. You will feel his loneliness and emotional pain. Unfortunately, he takes companionship in any way he can but real love is never attained.

The book doesn’t mention it, but we know that he contracted symphillis from the prostitutes and suffered from that as well.

Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting of two prostitutes
Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting

If you didn’t already love Toulouse-Lautrec and his incredible paintings, you will love him after reading this wonderful book by Pierre La Mure.

This book will make you cry. I assure you it will make you want to google all his paintings to admire is amazing art.

The Prostitutes of Montmartre - Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting
The Prostitutes of Montmartre – Henri Toulouse Lautrec Painting

Pierre La Mure’s 1950 novel about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge, was made into a movie in 1952. José Ferrer and Zsa Zsa Gabor starred in the movie. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  It is great!

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Below is my list of the top historical fiction books about Toulouse Lautrec & the other French Impressionism artists: