French Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was fond of capturing the lively images of decadent Parisian nightlife during the late 19th-century. Much of his inspiration was found inside the numerous nightclubs, cabarets, circuses and brothels in the bohemian Montmartre section of Paris. Some of my favorite works are the advertising posters he created for various Montmartre performers such as Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril and Aristide Bruant. No doubt Lautrec would recoil in horror over what passes as creative decadence in much of modern day Hollywood, but I think he might have enjoyed painting the very skeletal and curiously grimacing Keira
Frightly Knightley sauntering down the red carpet. As I mentioned, Lautrec found inspiration in circus performances...a concept not much different from red carpet events. Medium: gouache on paper.