Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
Medium: Oil on cardboard
Dimensions: 33 3/4 x 26 in. (85.7 x 66 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967
Accession Number: 67.187.108
William Tom Warrener, an English painter and friend of Lautrec’s, appears as a top-hatted gentleman chatting up two female companions at the Moulin Rouge, the dance hall that epitomized the colorful and tawdry nightlife of fin-de-siècle Paris. The women’s suggestive attitudes—and Warrener’s ear, reddened in embarrassment—indicate the risqué nature of their conversation. This painting served as a preparatory study for a color lithograph of 1892.