Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, putting on her
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Oil and pastel on millboard, laid on panel
Height: 137.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 91.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 11.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 55.1 cm ( canvas ); Height: 102 cm ( canvas );
Signed, bottom left, recto, initials in
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932
About this work
Described by one acquaintance as a "delirious orchid" and nicknamed 'La Melinite' after a form of explosive, Jane Avril was a star performer at a famous dance-hall called the Moulin Rouge. The carriage wheel and the light in the background of this work suggest that she is entering the building, possibly for a performance. Jane's gaunt face projects a character very different from the extroverted sensuality to which she owed her fame, but the hat and coat on the wall to the left are perhaps intended to serve as a reminder of her male admirers.
The work has been executed in a combination of oil paint and pastel.
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