Moulin de la Galette

A work made of oil on canvas.
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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.

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European Painting and Sculpture

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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