Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1898.
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The Moulin Rouge is, indeed, a masterpiece in every respect. It not only captures the characteristics of our two subjects, La Goulue the dancer and Valentin Le Desosse, her partner, but it also instantly explains the very heart of the cancan. The dazzle of the petticoats, which Toulouse-Lautrec creates simply by leaving the paper blank. Nothing could be more direct or more illuminating. The artist gets his point across with an impact no passer-by could resist. In his first lesson, Toulouse-Lautrec grasps the quintessence of poster language: Catch attention, speak forcefully, deliver the message" (Wine Spectator 40)