At the Moulin Rouge

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At the Moulin Rouge
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Year1892 - 1895
MediumOil on canvas
MovementPost Impressionism
Dimensions123 cm × 140 cm (48 in × 55 in)
LocationArt Institute of Chicago

At the Moulin Rouge (French: Au Moulin Rouge) is an oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It was painted between 1892 and 1895. Included in the background is a self-portrait of the artist in profile. It is one of a number of works by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting the Moulin Rouge cabaret built in Paris in 1889.

The painting portrays near its center a group of three men and two women sitting around a table situated on the floor of the cabaret. From right to left, the people at the table include: writer Édouard Dujardin, dancer La Macarona, photographer Paul Secau, photographer Maurice Guibert, and Jane Avril being the focal point of the group - recognizable by her flaming red-orange hair. In the right foreground, apparently sitting at a different table, is a partial facial view of English dancer May Milton, her face aglow in a distinctive greenish light. In the background on the right is Moulin Rouge dancer La Goulue and a woman. The center-left background shows the short-statured Toulouse-Lautrec himself, standing in front of and next to, Dr. Gabriel Tapié de Céleyran.[1]

At the Moulin Rouge is part of the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it was first displayed on December 23, 1930. It was exhibited in London in 2011 at the Courtauld Institute of Art.[2] Art critic, Jonathan Jones, calls the painting a masterpiece, and writes "the scene is somehow more exotic and more exciting than any recreation [of the Moulin Rouge, or Montmartre] in popular culture."[3]


External video
video icon Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge, Smarthistory[4]
  1. ^ Johnson, Ken (2005-03-18). "Lautrec's Life, High and Low". The New York Times. pp. para. 7. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved 2008-04-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "At the Moulin Rouge | The Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 2016-01-20.
  3. ^ Jones, Jonathan (2011-08-17). "Toulouse-Lautrec and the real story of the Moulin Rouge". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  4. ^ "Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge". Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Retrieved March 4, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)