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Au Moulin Rouge: Valentin le Desossé. 1897.

Au Moulin Rouge: Valentin le Desossé. 1897.

Item Description:

Artist: JACQUES VILLON (1875-1963)
Size: 11 3/4 x 15 1/4 in./30 x 39 cm
Condition: Signed watercolor painting. Framed.
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Cabaret

Au Moulin Rouge: Valentin le Desossé. 1897.
Valentin le Desossé (Valentin the Boneless) flashes his characteristic angular profile behind a female dance partner at the Moulin Rouge. Valentin was a regular performer at the venerable cabaret; he was most famously depicted there in Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1891 poster, Moulin Rouge / La Goulue (see PAI-LXXXII, 447). As for his companion, the jury is out—she is not La Goulue, but she did make another appearance in Villon’s oeuvre in issue #2 of Cocorico magazine from January 15, 1899, titled “Au Music Hall.” Villon’s dreamy impression provides an intimate look at the iconic music hall and its renowned dancer, making this a very valuable original work by Villon.

About The Artist:

JACQUES VILLON (1875-1963)



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