At the Moulin Rouge

People sit in a bar. A woman’s face eerily lit green, stares at viewer.
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  • People sit in a bar. A woman’s face eerily lit green, stares at viewer.




Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

In At the Moulin Rouge Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec memorialized Parisian nightlife at the end of the nineteenth century. The painting is noted for its daring composition, dramatic cropping, and flat planes of strident color. A regular patron of the Moulin Rouge, one of the most famous cabarets of the Montmartre district, Toulouse-Lautrec here turned his acute powers of observation on the club’s other habitués. The flaming red-orange hair of the entertainer Jane Avril is the focal point of the central seated group. Preening in the greenish mirror in the background is the dancer La Goulue. The stunted figure of the aristocratic artist appears, as it often did in life, next to his devoted, much taller cousin, Dr. Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran. But it is the frozen, acid-green face of the dancer May Milton that dominates the canvas and haunts the action. The painting comprises two joined parts: a small main canvas and an L-shaped panel to the lower and right edges. The canvas was severed after the artist’s death, perhaps by his dealer (to make the composition less radical and more saleable), and restored sometime before 1914.

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European Painting and Sculpture


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


At the Moulin Rouge






Oil on canvas


Stamped lower left with monogram


123 × 141 cm (48 7/16 × 55 1/2 in.)

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Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

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