Of course the brilliance of the paintings had transported me back to the demi-monde (the underworld) of Paris in the late 19th century.The seedy but flamboyant Moulin Rouge, the sordid night clubs, the teeming brothels and the drinking houses where Henri basically drank himself to death at the ridiculously young age of 37. He would often knock back litres of Absinthe and Cognac whilst sketching.
This exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra is beautifully organised, very easy to view and doesn't suffer from overcrowding. Entry price is good at $25. The only downside is parking. We arrived at 10.30am and couldn't get a park within 3 kilometres. Apparently public servants use the free parking of the gallery.
Don't miss out. This is a stunning exhibition.
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