Kick Up Your Heels

Dance at the Moulin Rouge, 1890 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in the world of dance halls, becoming friends with the performers. He saw the upper class men of his birth, visit these lower class venues looking for drink and prostitutes and must have felt that at least his working friends in the venues were the more honest about who they really were.