120cm x 120cm, acrylic on canvas
La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge (1892). Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
Toulouse-Lautrec, was a French postimpressionist painter, lithographer, and illustrator, who documented the bohemian nightlife of late-19th-century Paris.
Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi into one of the oldest aristocratic families. He broke both legs as an adolescent, and because of a congenital calcium deficiency, they remained stunted for the rest of his life. During his convalescence, his mother encouraged him to paint.
Toulouse-Lautrec frequented the Moulin Rouge and other cabarets of the Montmartre district of Paris, where his wit attracted a large group of artists and intellectuals. He also frequented the theatre, the circus, and Parisian brothels. Toulouse-Lautrec preserved his impressions of these places and their celebrities in portraits and sketches of striking originality and power.
I very much relate to Toulouse-Lautrec’s skilled depiction of people, which relied on his painterly style which is highly linear and gives great emphasis to contour. He often applied the paint in long, thin brushstrokes which would often leave much of the board on which they are painted showing through.This is very much the paint technique I tend to use when producing my own work of art. Many of his works may best be described as drawings in coloured paint.
Louise Weber was a French can-can dancer who performed under the stage name of La Goulue ("the glutton"). She also was referred to as the Queen of Montmartre.