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At a time when portraiture was focused on noble
and religious figures, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
was painting dancers at the Moulin Rouge. “ In
this wo rk [La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge] he
depicts the famous dancer known as La Goulue,
w hich mean s ‘the glutton ’,” explain s Stefan o.
“ She was well known for doing the cancan
a nd fo r having many lovers... the choice
of subject didn’t go over so well.”
Today, the artist is celebrated fo r reflecting
Parisia n culture in his lifetime.
Stefano says a work by Frida K ahlo, Self-Portrait
with Cropp ed Hair, also stan ds o ut. “ This referen ces
her person al life. She was married to Diego Rivera,
a nother famo us artist with a stron g perso na lity, an d
they went thro ugh a very passion ate relation ship
a nd difficult sepa ratio n . That’s when she cut
her hair, w hich you can see scat tered arou nd
the room. A song, at the top of the painting,
a lso referen ces this... It reveals her state of mind.
As Kahlo said, ‘I am the subject I know best’.”
ABOVE La Go ul ue at the M oulin Rouge (1891-92), by
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Museum of Modern Art,
New York. Gift of Mrs David M. Levy.
LEFT Self-Portrait with Crop ped Hai r (1940), by Frida Kahlo,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Edgar
Kaufmann, Jr. © 2013 Frida Kahlo/Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York/SOMAAP, Mexico.
Featu re | Revolutionary vision
“La Goulue was well known for doing the
cancan and for having many lovers... the
choice of subject didn’t go over so well.”
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