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Louis Valtat, Femme Au Moulin Rouge
 
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TITLE:  Femme Au Moulin Rouge
ARTIST:  Louis Valtat (French, 1869–1952)
WORK DATE:  circa 1900
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on paper laid down on paper
MARKINGS:  Signed with initials lower-right: L.V.
SIZE:  h: 46 x w: 56 cm / h: 18.1 x w: 22 in
STYLE:  Modern
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Stair Sainty Gallery  +44 (0)20 7493 4542  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Valtat was a painter, printmaker and stage designer who studied under Gustave Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts, and under Jules Dupré at the Académie Julian. There he met Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Albert André. With a keen interest in both artistic precedents and contemporary trends, he absorbed in the mid-1890s the chief tenets of Impressionism, van Gogh’s work and Pointillism before slowly developing his own distinct style. In 1895 Valtat collaborated with Toulouse-Lautrec and André on the set of Aurélien-François Lugné-Poë’s play Chariot de terre cuite, performed at the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre, Paris.

Under Toulouse-Lautrec’s influence, Valtat’s own works darkened both in colour and sentiment: gaunt or severe-looking women seated in murky cafés, like the one seen here, become constant players in his painting, and the inebriated slightly starry-eyed woman seen in the present work (on paper so perhaps painted in situ) shows with a truthful eye the reality of the circumstances of women who found themselves in the Moulin Rouge surrounded by such painters, bohemians and bon vivants.

PROVENANCE:  Arthur Tooth & Sons, London; Private collection, Paris, France
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Stair Sainty Gallery Inventory Catalogue
 
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