Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge [L’anglais au Moulin Rouge]

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge [L’anglais au Moulin Rouge] 1892 brush and spatter lithograph, printed in six colours
46.5 (h) x 36.6 (w) cm , edition of 100
Reference: Wittrock 2 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide David Murray Bequest Fund 1932

Lautrec captures a moment of flirtation at the Moulin Rouge using his friend, the English artist William Warrener, as a ‘type’. The silhouette of an ageing dandy is shown attempting to engage the affections of two women. The coquettes rebuff his efforts with subtlety: a narrowing of eyes, a curling of red lips and a gentle turn of the shoulder. This scene was one of Lautrec’s most popular and its appearance was timed to capitalise on a trend in colour lithographs for private collectors.

Lautrec captures a moment of flirtation at the Moulin Rouge using his friend, the English artist William Warrener, as a ‘type’. The silhouette of an ageing dandy is shown attempting to engage the affections of two women. The coquettes rebuff his efforts with subtlety: a narrowing of eyes, a curling of red lips and a gentle turn of the shoulder. This scene was one of Lautrec’s most popular and its appearance was timed to capitalise on a trend in colour lithographs for private collectors.

Lautrec captures a moment of flirtation at the Moulin Rouge using his friend, the English artist William Warrener, as a ‘type’. The silhouette of an ageing dandy is shown attempting to engage the affections of two women. The coquettes rebuff his efforts with subtlety: a narrowing of eyes, a curling of red lips and a gentle turn of the shoulder. This scene was one of Lautrec’s most popular and its appearance was timed to capitalise on a trend in colour lithographs for private collectors.



Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy