By the late nineteenth century, Parisian café concerts and dance halls, many in the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre, had become carnival-like spaces of spectacle and sexual freedom, particularly for bourgeois male patrons. Louis Valtat’s vivid painting depicts one of the many working-class women who found employment in such venues performing the risqué, high-kicking dance known as the cancan, or chahut. She entertains a crowd of men in top hats, seen in the background.
Oil on graphite over laid paper mounted to canvas
24 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (61.3 x 46 cm)
Frame: 32 x 26 x 4 1/2 in. (81.3 x 66 x 11.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "L.V" (underscored)
Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
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Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952). Café Dancer, 1894-1895. Oil on graphite over laid paper mounted to canvas, 24 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (61.3 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., 1992.107.37. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.107.37_SL3.jpg)
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