Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec

Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec
Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec
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This oil on canvas painting in 1890 by Henri Toulouse Lautrec is currently housed at the Philadelphia Institute of Art, in the United States.

As in so many of his works, some of them even in this same Parisian cabaret café like his canvas a couple of years later At the Moulin Rouge, he presents us with real characters, to whom we can put names and surnames, and it is that Toulouse Lautrec in any of these works of bars and even brothels, as in the case of En el salon de la rue des Moulins, gives us complete physiognomic and psychological portraits of each character.

Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec

Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec

In fact, several characters can be identified here such as the couple of Valentin le Déssosé and la Goulue who appear dancing. But in addition, a group of painters and photographers are also recognized as Verney, Guilbert, Sescau andGauzi. And even the father of Toulouse Lautrec is distinguished. And front. And another of the characters that you can meet is the artist Jane Avril, among the mass of characters but who is the only one who looks completely straight at us, at us, or at painter. I would dedicate a painting to this woman, Toulouse Lautrec and several of her most famous advertising posters that she createda true aesthetic trend for Art Nouveau or Modernism.

But in addition to that capacity for portraiture, above all the work helps us to see how Toulouse Lautrec had an innate ability to create the most suggestive perspectives and innovative compositions. Without a doubt, he has something of a cinematographic character, he cuts where he pleases the eye, and if it is necessary in the middle of a character, he does so. Since it is a composition that does not even have a central point. Although it is true that it seems that the entire dance, where men dressed in black and with morning suits predominate, are arranged as a background so that two women who wear the most colorful clothes of the entire fabric stand out.

But on the other hand, of these two women, the one that attracts the most attention is La Gouloe, identifiable by her red hair, who dances wildly, while almost everyone is quite hieratic. On the other hand, the woman dances, jumps, waves her skirts and her arms, she is all movement and rhythm, while her dance partner is much more sinuous and less dynamic, since it is Valentin le Déssosé, that is, Valentin the Disjointed, a well-known character among bohemians and night owls of the time.

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