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Lautrec moulin rouge, la goulue (poster) 1891
Poster advertising La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891
Toulouse-Lautrec - La Goulue arrivant au Moulin Rouge
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec: La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge (1892)

La Goulue was Louise Weber (13 July 1866, Clichy, Paris – 30 January 1929), a French can-can dancer. She was always known by her nickname. La Goulue is French slang for 'greedy guts'. It came from her habit of picking up a customer's glass and drinking it while dancing past the table.

Growing up, Weber was a poor Jewish girl who loved to dance. She would dressed up and pretended to be a glamorous star on a great stage. At 16, she was working with her mother in the laundry. Without her mother knowing, she began sneaking off to a dance hall wearing a dress she would "borrow" from one of their customers.

Weber quickly became popular because of her dancing at small clubs in Paris.

Later, she met the Montmartre painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He introduced her to a group of models who earned money posing for artists and photographers.

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