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24 (2 Dozen OF The Same Design) Postcard Of Moulin Rouge
24 (2 Dozen OF The Same Design) Postcard Of Moulin Rouge Henri de Toulouse -Lautrec ( Note The Below Information is not on the Postcard) Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC France 1864 – 1901 Moulin Rouge: La Goulue 1891 Print, Poster, planographic Toulouse-Lautrec is known along with Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as one of the greatest painters of the Post-Impressionist period. The appearance of the poster Moulin Rouge: La Goulue on the Parisian streets in 1891 established the reputation of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the French art world. The dance hall Moulin Rouge had opened in October 1889 and proved a popular haunt among the city’s demimonde. By 1891, however, attendances had fallen and in a competition the proprietor Harold Zidler chose Lautrec’s poster design to advertise the venue. The result was sensational in its scale and originality, revealing Lautrec’s brilliance as a draughtsman. Instead of depicting the venue itself, a commonplace method for such publicity, he focused on the performers. One of his favourite subjects, Louise Weber, called La Goulue (The Glutton), was known for her outrageous behaviour. She is shown performing her high-kicking dance, provocatively raising her hem to reveal her red stockings and white frilly bloomers. The scandalous La Goulue was even known to wear nothing at all under her billowing skirt on occasions, which added to her notoriety. Yet, Lautrec has portrayed her facial expression with great sensitivity, indicating her vulnerability. Such skilful characterisation was something not seen in poster art before. In front of La Goulue, we see her regular partner, the remarkable and willowy ‘boneless’ Valentin le Désossé (Jacques Renaudin). This gentleman amateur dancer (La Goulue was paid) wears his signature top hat and tails. The silhouetted crowd of onlookers, beautiful patterning of La Goulue’s blouse, sinuous lines and simplified forms—devices Lautrec borrowed from Japanese ukiyo-e prints—complete the picture. In the history of poster design, Lautrec remains its most pre-eminent figure and Moulin Rouge: La Goulue is most iconic. The original poster remains one of the rarest and is, therefore, especially desirable for the national art collection. The acquisition of the work was generously funded by National Gallery of Australia Foundation and the bequest of the late Orde Poynton AO, CMG. Postcard size 4 x 6