Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Moulin Rouge: La Goulue

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Moulin Rouge: La Goulue 1891 planographic , brush and spatter lithograph, printed in four colours on three sheets
191.0 (h) x 117.0 (w) cm , unknown
signed and dated, lower left, printed from the stone in black ink, 'HTLautrec'
Reference: Wittrock P1 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 2010.506 Acquired through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and the Poynton Bequest, 2010

This work was Lautrec’s first and largest poster.  Despite its success, his father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec – was infuriated that his son was applying his skills as an artist to an advertisement for the newly opened Moulin Rouge: a disreputable venue inhabited by unsavoury performers.

In this poster Lautrec shows La Goulue (The Glutton) accompanied by her regular partner, the willowy Valentin le Désossé (Valentin the Boneless). As a gentleman amateur dancer, Valentin’s bourgeois background contrasted with the lowly origin of the queen of the chahut.

This work was Lautrec’s first and largest poster.  Despite its success, his father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec – was infuriated that his son was applying his skills as an artist to an advertisement for the newly opened Moulin Rouge: a disreputable venue inhabited by unsavoury performers.

In this poster Lautrec shows La Goulue (The Glutton) accompanied by her regular partner, the willowy Valentin le Désossé (Valentin the Boneless). As a gentleman amateur dancer, Valentin’s bourgeois background contrasted with the lowly origin of the queen of the chahut.

This work was Lautrec’s first and largest poster.  Despite its success, his father – Count Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec – was infuriated that his son was applying his skills as an artist to an advertisement for the newly opened Moulin Rouge: a disreputable venue inhabited by unsavoury performers.

In this poster Lautrec shows La Goulue (The Glutton) accompanied by her regular partner, the willowy Valentin le Désossé (Valentin the Boneless). As a gentleman amateur dancer, Valentin’s bourgeois background contrasted with the lowly origin of the queen of the chahut.




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