Oil painting of Parisian dancers

Contributed by The Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

A crowd of faceless men watch two elegant women dancing a Quadrille in a Parisian club ©The Collection

Willam Tom Warrener was close friends with Henri Toulouse Lautrec appearing in his painting 'L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge'William Tom Warrener was the son of a wealthy Lincoln coal merchant. He studied at Lincoln School of Art and moved to Paris, where he met the leading Impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec in 1890 and got to know him well. Both artists often chose their subjects from the dance-halls. This unconventional painting is of a dance called the Quadrille, a revival of the cancan, which was often performed at the Moulin Rouge, just a short distance from Warrener's apartment in Montmartre. Warrener himself appears in Lautrec's 'L'Anglais au Moulin Rouge' and 'Jane Avril Dancing'. With the death of his father and brother Warrener returned home from Paris to look after the coal merchants business that had originally allowed him the freedom to pursue art. He failed to continue his painting in the way it developed in France but was instrumental in setting up what is now known as the Lincolnshire Artists Society.

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