About this artwork
With this painting of the dance hall known as the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec established his reputation as the chronicler of the Montmartre district’s famed nightlife. A wooden barrier bisects the composition, dividing the frenzied action of the dance floor in the background from the stillness of the women waiting in the foreground. Toulouse-Lautrec used turpentine to thin his paint and applied it in loose washes, a technique known as peinture à l’essence. The result is a sketchy style that conveys both the immediacy of the artist’s observations and the tawdry atmosphere of his subject.
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- Moulin de la Galette
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower left: HT Lautrec
- 35 7/8 × 39 5/8 in. (88.5 × 101.3 cm)
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection