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Moulin de la Galette

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1889

Artist:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

With this painting of the dance hall known as the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec established his reputation as the painter-chronicler of the entertainments of Montmartre. In this well-known image, Lautrec employed the wood barrier as a metaphorical divide between the frenzied action of the dance hall, seen as a blur in the background, and the stillness of the bored and waiting women (accompanied by a proprietary male) in the foreground. He used turpentine to thin his paint and applied it in loose washes, a technique known as peinture à l’essence. The result is a seemingly unfinished look that suggests both the immediacy of the artist’s observations and the dinginess of his subject.

On View

Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Gallery 243

Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Title

Moulin de la Galette

Origin

France

Date

1889

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower left: HT Lautrec

Dimensions

35 7/8 × 39 5/8 in. (88.5 × 101.3 cm)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1933.458

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