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Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, putting on her 
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Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, putting on her Gloves

Circa 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Oil and pastel on millboard, laid on panel

Height: 137.2 cm ( frame ); Depth: 11.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 91.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 55.1 cm ( canvas ); Height: 102 cm ( canvas );

Signed, bottom left & recto, initials in monogram, T-Lautrec

Acquisition (source, method, date)
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. (Permanent collection label)

This work is on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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