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Aristide Bruant, at His Cabaret

Aristide Bruant, at His Cabaret

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Aristide Bruant was a successful singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur who ran a cabaret in the Montmartre quarter of Paris. When he began performing at up-scale café-concerts on the Champs-Élysées, he immediately commissioned Toulouse-Lautrec to market his rough street persona in a manner that would appeal to a bourgeois audience. Seizing on Bruant's trademark costume of a wide-brimmed hat, cape, and red scarf, Lautrec designed a sparse yet iconic image that promoted both the performer's career as well as his own.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)
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1893
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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