All HealA Medical and Social Miscellany
1971, Pages 189–199
Toulouse-Lautrec—Triumph over Infirmity
This chapter discusses triumph over infirmity. Toulouse-Lautrec became hard of hearing towards the end of his short life. This deafness might be connected with the fracture of his thigh bones during adolescence, for it is known that fragile bones and deafness are sometimes associated. His deafness was a terminal event and played no part in his career or his childhood bone disorder. His crippled state influenced his artistic output, for dancing and movement played an important part in many of his pictures. There is no doubt that his excessive virility accounted for his choice of some of his subjects. The combination of a crippled aristocrat who used his artistic genius to depict the dance halls, the cafés chantants, the circuses, the cycle tracks, the race courses, and even the maisons closes of Paris has provided the journalist, biographer, novelist, and film script writer with a wealth of sensational material, much of it inaccurate and exaggerated.
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