Paris and the Moulin Rouge

I’ll admit, I was first introduced to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Baz Luhrmann’s sumptuous movie “The Moulin Rouge”.  I later learned he was, in fact, a very famous post-impressionist painter, most renowned for his images of the colourful and theatrical life of Parisians in the late 1800s.

Until 2 April 2013, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, will be hosting a series of Lautrec's works depicting the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the café-concerts, the brothels and theatres. His works on display also include the infamous series of posters he produced for the Moulin Rouge – the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.

Unfortunately, I won't have the opportunity to personally witness this visually tantalising exhibition, but if you attend, I would love to hear what you think. You can find out more details about the exhibition here.

- Michelle x

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