"A group of (Montmartre) artists, including Somm, Raffelli and de Feure, decided to make a sale of their work at the Hôtel Drouot, the famous Paris auction house. To announce it, Roedel designed a poster showing an artist's model walking down a steep hill to Paris, carrying two canvases under her arm…The model is charmingly dressed, in an outfit very like the skating girl of Cheret's poster. In the background are the windmills of the Moulin de la Galette, which dominated the landscape of Montmarte until eclipsed by the dome of Sacre Coeur. The Hotel Drouot refused the poster, but it was seen by the manager of the Moulin de la Galette, who commissioned the version shown here" (Rennert) Study for Moulin Galette by Roedel
"Roedel was a caricaturist, illustrator, watercolorist, and lithographer who aligned himself with a group of artists in Montmartre including Willette, Leandre, and Caran d'Ache. He supplied drawings for Le Courrier Français, and produced posters, mostly for the local cabarets and theatres. Here, a conservatively dressed young woman carries paintings through the street with the Moulin de la Galette sketched out behind her." (Rennert)
Situated on the hills to the north of the city Montmartre's rural past could still be detected by the presence of its most famous windmill, the Moulin de la Galette. Montmartre had developed a reputation as the bohemian centre of the city and was a mecca for artists. The Moulin de la Galette had long since ceased to function as a working windmill, having been transformed into a tavern and dance hall that had become a centre of Parisian nightlife. Roedel was not the first artist to paint the Moulin de la Galette - both Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Cezanne had previously depicted this famous site.
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