Ballroom in Moulin de la Galette by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Ballroom in Moulin de la Galette by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

The work “The Moulin de la Galette” stands out among the works of Toulouse-Lautrec, since it is considered the first and last picture, where there are no friends who made up the “decoration” of the entertainment establishments in Paris. Here, the simple Montmartre residents are dancing and having fun. This canvas begins his famous cycle of works devoted to the idle life of cafes and chicanes.

Before that, there were other pictures from the life of the world of the crowd, smelling of cheap perfumery, the audience, comfortable feeling only with artificial lighting, but all previous attempts

were not completed in the final version.

The creation of the canvas was preceded by the preparatory work “Portrait of a Woman by the Window”.

The style of writing the painting in many ways resonates with the painting of Degas, which was an indisputable authority for Lautrec: the same feature of composing the composition, when the viewer is unclear whose character in the depicted plot the author wanted to single out, and the same professionally caught “shot” just snatched from the moment life.

Feels the atmosphere of a reckless holiday, unbridled fun, where there are no norms, prohibitions, and everything is subordinated to a sense of sweet sinful permissiveness.

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