Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901)
Oil on cardboard
33 3/4 x 26 in. (85.7 x 66 cm)
Signed (lower left): HTLautrec [HTL in monogram]
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.108)
Born into one of France's oldest aristocratic families, Lautrec began to draw at an early age and soon concentrated most of his energy on his painting and on documenting the lives of Parisian outcasts. In 1886, he moved to the district of Montmartre, where he executed a series of pictures of the cafés and dance halls frequented by prostitutes and their clients.
The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge is the preparatory study for a color lithograph of 1892. The influence of Degas and of Japanese prints can be seen in the odd perspective the artist selected, in the vibrancy of the color, and in the strong descriptive line. The model for the man was William Tom Warrener, an artist and a friend of Lautrec.