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.
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- Moulin de la Galette
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower left: HT Lautrec
- 35 7/8 × 39 5/8 in. (88.5 × 101.3 cm)
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection