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2 September 2019


At the Moulin Rouge – The Dance

by Ramona Lucarelli

Euphoric, unrestrained, seductive. When it opened its doors on 6 October 1889, the Moulin Rouge was an immediate success. At the foot of the Montmartre hill the red mill was waiting for painters, writers and Parisians all to offer light-heartedness with its shows and parties.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec is the painter of that nocturnal delirium. He immortalizes its life contributing to its fame: among his most famous paintings At the Moulin Rouge – The Dance also known as The instruction of the new ones by Valentine the Boneless (1889-1890). At the center of the dance floor there is Edme-Étienne-Jules Renaudin le Désossé – the Boneless – who dances together with the provocative Louise Weber La Goulue – the Greedy – defined as the inventor of the famous moves of the French can-can.

De Toulouse Lautrec, “the soul of Montmartre”, was more interested in people than in places: dancers, patrons, night people show bodies guided by music. Behind the gaze enraptured by the movement of La Goulue’s legs, in her sensual red stockings, we are dressed in pink, dazzled by what music manages to release.

The painting, remained at the Moulin Rouge for a long time, is currently displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.

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