French Cancan Paintings and Drawings

«Le French Can-Can», Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889-1962)

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The can-can (sometimes unhyphenated as in the original French cancan) is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. The main features of the dance are the lifting and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. .

The Infernal Gallop from Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (at the end of this post) is the tune most associated with the can-can.

The cancan first appeared in the working-class ballrooms of Montparnasse in Paris in around 1830. It was a more lively version of the galop, a dance in quick 2/4 time, which often featured as the final figure in the quadrille.

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“Le chahut” (1889), Georges Seurat

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Jane Avril (1893), Henri Toulouse Lautrec

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Poster (1897)

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‘The French Cancan’ (1899), Pierre Vidal

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French Cancan (1900), Joaquin Sunyer

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Danseuse de cancan” (1901), Pablo Picasso

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Unknown

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Postcard 1910

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«Français Cancan», Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1882-1955)

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French Cancan, Michel Guyon

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French Cancan (2004), Jean-Luc Lopez

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French Cancan (2007), Bénédicte Becquart

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French Cancan (2013), Patricia Molinaro

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French Cancan (2013), Aurore Franc

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French Cancan, Jean Renoir’s movie (1954)

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… and some photos

1930

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Source: French-Cancan-Paintings-and-Drawings

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