Moulin Rouge, 10 x 8", Oil on Linen, 2013. The sails of the Moulin Rouge’s distinctive rooftop windmill first began to rotate in 1889. It is located close to Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement in Paris. I painted this on location in 2013 while on a plein air trip to France. This sunlit windmill in its red glory was irresistible subject matter.alla prima (225), France (6), landscape (177), plein air (318).