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Moulin de la Galette

A scene in brown and green tones of people dancing indoors. In the foreground, three women stand near boothed tables while a man sits.
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  • A scene in brown and green tones of people dancing indoors. In the foreground, three women stand near boothed tables while a man sits.

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 chronicler of the Montmartre district’s famed nightlife. A wooden barrier bisects the composition, dividing the frenzied action of the dance floor in the background from the stillness of the women waiting in the foreground. Toulouse-Lautrec used turpentine to thin his paint and applied it in loose washes, a technique known as peinture à l’essence. The result is a sketchy style that conveys both the immediacy of the artist’s observations and the tawdry atmosphere of his subject.

Status

On View, Gallery 242

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

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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