Chahut (literally: noise or uproar) is another name for the can-can (gossip or scandal), a dance that emerged in Paris circa 1830 and that caused a scandal due to the high flying kicks of the dancers' legs. The can-can dancers shown in this painting are depicted in warm colours, bathed in the glow of artificial lighting. They seem to be more characters than people of flesh and blood. Their movements are rhythmic and repetitive. All the lines and movements in the painting are focused upwards, conjuring up the high-spirited atmosphere of the dance and the music.
Georges Seurat, Le Chahut, 1889-1890, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo