One of the greatest stars of the Moulin Rouge. With her slender figure and red hair she is easily recognizable and was probably the one performer to have the closest friendship with Lautrec.
High kicks and whirling gyrations
Jane Avril (1868-1943) was one of the greatest stars of the Moulin Rouge in the 1890s and was probably the one performer to have the closest friendship with Lautrec. She was slender and elegant and had her breakthrough as an energetic solo dancer who excelled at high kicks and whirling gyrations – traits that earned her the moniker La Mélinite, which is also the name of a type of explosive.
Easily recognized by her red hair
When Lautrec portrayed her he would accentuate her characteristic features: her slender figure and red hair. He depicted her in her capacity as a dancer, but a few works also show her as a more introspective and private person.