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Moulin Rouge: La Goulue

Artist:
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Printer:
Affiches Américaines, Charles Lévy (Paris)
Date:
1891
Medium:
Lithograph printed in four colors. Three sheets of wove paper.
Dimensions:
sheet: 74 13/16 x 45 7/8 in. (190 x 116.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.88.12
Not on view
When the brassy dance hall and drinking garden of the Moulin Rouge opened on the boulevard de Clichy in 1889, one of Lautrec's paintings was displayed near the entrance. He himself became a conspicuous fixture of the place and was commissioned to create the six-foot-tall advertisement that launched his postermaking career and made him famous overnight. He turned a spotlight on the crowded dance floor of the nightclub and its star performers, the "boneless" acrobat Valentin le Désossé and La Goulue, "the glutton," whose cancan skirts were lifted at the finale of the chahut.
Vendor: Maurice Le Garrec (French, died 1937)
Denver Art Museum. "Toulouse-Lautrec from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 5, 1999–July 4, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.

W.PI.B; Adr.I.II;Toulouse-Lautrec, 1996
Colta Ives Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 2-September 29, 1996. New York, 1996.



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