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At the Moulin Rouge

Painting, heavy in tones of blue-green and burnt orange, depicting a bar scene at night. The men wear top hats and many are bearded; the women are dressed in voluminous gowns and decorative hats. Five people converse in the center of the composition and a woman with a green face dominates the right foreground.
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  • Painting, heavy in tones of blue-green and burnt orange, depicting a bar scene at night. The men wear top hats and many are bearded; the women are dressed in voluminous gowns and decorative hats. Five people converse in the center of the composition and a woman with a green face dominates the right foreground.

Date:

1892/95

Artist:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has been associated with the Moulin Rouge since its opening in 1889: the owner of the legendary nightclub bought the artist’s Equestrienne as a decoration for the foyer. Toulouse-Lautrec populated At the Moulin Rouge with portraits of the legendary nightclub’s regulars, including himself—the diminutive figure in the center background—accompanied by his cousin, physician Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran. Dancer La Goulue arranges her hair behind the table where Jane Avril, another famous performer, socializes. Singer May Milton peers out from the right edge of the painting, her face harshly lit and acid green. At some point, the artist or his dealer cut down the canvas to remove Milton, perhaps because her strange appearance made the work hard to sell. Whatever the reason, by 1914 the cut section had been reattached to the painting.

Status

On View, Gallery 242

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Title

At the Moulin Rouge

Origin

France

Date

1892–1895

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Stamped lower left with monogram

Dimensions

123 × 141 cm (48 7/16 × 55 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1928.610

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