Aristide Bruant in his Cabaret, 1893

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In his songs Aristide Bruant (1851–1925), a popular Parisian cabaret singer, glorified the working class using the language of the streets. He wanted to shock his bourgeois audiences and would often stroll through the café insulting and harassing the delighted crowd. In this poster, Toulouse-Lautrec captures this aspect of the performance. Bruant gives his back to the viewer and looks over his shoulder with an expression of arrogance and disdain.

Aristide Bruant in his Cabaret
Artist Life
Accession Number
(H.V. Allison & Co., New York); sold to MIA, 1941.
Catalogue Raisonne
Delteil 348 ii/ii; Adriani 12 II; Wittrock P9A; DRP-II 827
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