Moulin Rouge L `Union Franco Russian (c.1894) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Moulin Rouge L `Union Franco Russian - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - c.1894

Artwork Information

TitleMoulin Rouge L `Union Franco Russian
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Art MovementArt Nouveau (Modern)
Current LocationBrooklyn Museum, New York City, NY, US

About Moulin Rouge L `Union Franco Russian

The artwork titled “Moulin Rouge L `Union Franco Russian” is a creation of the esteemed artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, dating back to circa 1894. It is a genre painting that belongs to the Art Nouveau movement and is currently housed in the Brooklyn Museum, New York City, New York, United States. This piece is characteristic of the Modern style that was prevalent during the late 19th century.

In the artwork, two figures are depicted, with one prominently in black and the other in light clothing, bearing the inscription “Moulin Rouge”. The black silhouette, which appears to be a woman, is elegantly poised with her head tilted backward and donning a confident expression. Beside her is a person in a sailor’s shirt, leaning slightly forward, their gaze directed towards the woman or perhaps something outside the frame. The dynamic contrast between the two figures, with the dark and light tones, creates a visual narrative and adds depth to the composition. The background is somewhat abstract, with loose, sparse lines and white splotches that might suggest lighting or an undefined environment, thus keeping the focus on the characters. Toulouse-Lautrec’s style is evident in the fluid line work and the manner in which he captures the essence of the scene with what seems to be effortless strokes.

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