Books: Giant Dwarf

THE TRAGIC LIFE OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (277 pp.)—Lawrence & Elisabeth Hanson—Random House ($5).

In the 50 years while impressionist art was becoming a common place of the U.S. home, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has passed through all stages in opinion from monster to master.

The Counts of Toulouse ruled Southern France for centuries, but nothing in the life of his heroic forebears became the Toulouses so much as the gallantry with which the disfigured dwarf made of himself a gay, broken blade in Paris. He never developed the cripple's defense mechanism of a sweet nature;...

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