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Moulin Rouge—La Goulue

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (AKA Henri-Marie-Ramond de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa), French, (November 24, 1864–September 9, 1901)

Creation date: 1891
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Poster
Medium and Support: Lithograph, poster on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation
Accession Number: 1987.19
Dimensions: 75 1/2 in. x 46 in. (191.77 cm x 116.84 cm)

Provenance

Baldwin M. Baldwin, Newport Beach, California ( - June 5, 1987)

Label Copy

Lautrec’s largest and most famous poster was also his first, commissioned by the Montmartre impresario and director of the Moulin Rouge, Charles Zidler, to announce the dance hall’s autumn season of 1891. Alongside the nightly concerts and twice-weekly masked-balls that had long made the Moulin Rouge the “rendez-vous du highlife,” this poster prominently featured the club’s latest attraction: the cancan dancer extraordinaire Louise Weber, nicknamed La Goulue (the Glutton) for her insatiable appetite. La Goulue had already headlined at the Moulin de la Galette and the Jardin de Paris when she took the stage at the Moulin Rouge, dancing the quadrille with her impossibly elastic partner—portrayed in ghostly profile in Lautrec’s poster—Valentin le Désossé (the Boneless or Double-Jointed). This celebration of the star-power of a single featured performer was without precedent in the dance-hall posters of the day—a foretaste of the modern “cult” of celebrity.
Last Updated: 3/28/2011

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Los Angeles Municipal Art Department , 5/27/1959 - 6/28/1959

[no title] The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor , 1/1/1965 - 12/31/1965

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 1/22/1972 - 3/5/1972

The Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation Collection: Graphics and Other Works by HT-L San Diego Museum of Art , 12/19/1980 - 2/1/1981

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 10/15/1988 - 1/9/2006

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection , 5/11/1996 - 1/9/2006

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris: Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 7/10/2010 - 12/12/2010

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Peter Egan. Omnibus BBC Television. Scotland, United Kingdom, 1998
Figure Number: Details illustrated.

Ms. Nora Desloge. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 200, 201, 202, Figure Number: 80

Julia Frey. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 26

Phillip Dennis Cate. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 35

Ms. Nora Desloge. Toulouse-Lautrec: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988-1998
Page Number: 39, 40, 43, 44

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego. San Diego, California, January 1972
Figure Number: 7, 7 (detail)

The Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1980
Figure Number: 7, I

Harriet Senie. Billboard, Art on the Road: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Publications. North Adams, Massachusetts, 1999
Page Number: 15, Figure Number: 2

Udo Felbinger. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Leben und Werk Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Köln, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 42, 43, Figure Number: 43

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. Laurels American Society of the French Legion of Honor. New York, New York, Winter 1980-Winter 1981
Page Number: 174, Figure Number: 174

Udo Felbinger. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: His Life and Work Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Cologne, Germany, 1999
Page Number: 43, Figure Number: 43

Eberhard W. Kornfeld. Toulouse-Lautrec: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 59

Laura Maggioni, ed. Toulouse-Lautrec: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 236, Figure Number: III.1

Laura Maggioni, ed. Toulouse-Lautrec: Skira editore. Milano, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 305-306 no. III.1

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 138, Figure Number: 138

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