Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. The period he created his art was known as the Belle Époque and his focus was on the decadence in Parisian society. Caudieux commissioned Lautrec to create this poster for his performances at Le Petit Casino. One of Lautrec’s favorite male identities from the Parisian night life, Caudieux was constantly on the move as he performed his comic dance routines. From his flushed pink cheeks and hurried appearance it is clear why he was nicknamed the ‘human cannonball’. Lautrec captures his sense of movement perfectly: dressed in a formal black suit and white tie, Caudieux hurtles across the stage with flying coat tails.