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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 work has been executed in a combination of oil paint and pastel.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)



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




oil & pastel on millboard laid on panel


H 102 x W 55.1 cm

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gift from Samuel Courtauld, 1932

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