Which artist was associated with France's Moulin Rouge? Paris's most famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, opened its doors on this date in 1889. Named for one of the windmills in the Montmartre section of the city, near where the nightclub is located, the Moulin Rouge was the home of the French cancan. The word "cancan" in French means "scandal," and the high-kicks and lifting and tossing of skirts did scandalize 19th-century audiences. The nightclub was the venue for twice-weekly masked balls and tame monkeys and donkeys wandered in the area. Artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec created numerous paintings of the cabaret and of the revelers who frequented the place. Nowadays, the Moulin Rouge is a favorite tourist destination for visitors to Paris.