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Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, Putting on her Gloves

Photo credit: The Courtauld Gallery

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Described by one acquaintance as a delirious orchid and nicknamed 'La Melinite' after a form of explosive, Jane Avril was a star performer at a famous dance hall called the Moulin Rouge. The carriage wheel and the light in the background of this work suggest that she is entering the building, possibly for a performance. Jane's gaunt face projects a character very different from the extroverted sensuality to which she owed her fame, but the hat and coat on the wall to the left are perhaps intended to serve as a reminder of her male admirers.

The Courtauld Gallery


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    oil & pastel on millboard laid on panel

  • Measurements

    102 x 55.1 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from Samuel Courtauld, 1932


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