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Eldorado: Aristide Bruant

A work made of color lithograph on tan wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color lithograph on tan wove paper.




Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864-1901

About this artwork

During his popular cabaret performances, Aristide Bruant adopted the role of a social outsider who regularly criticized upper-class society and commented on current events with biting humor. Despite its antiestablishment reputation, Bruant’s cabaret, Le Mirliton, attracted patrons from a wide variety of backgrounds—even upper-class Parisians, who came expecting Bruant to openly ridicule them during and after the shows.

In 1892 Bruant commissioned Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to design a poster advertising his performances at the upscale Ambassadeurs and Eldorado clubs. The artist created an iconic portrait of the singer that reduced his likeness to its most memorable elements: a wide-brimmed hat, black cloak, and bright-red scarf. Over time Toulouse-Lautrec reused and adapted this unmistakable image in many different designs to publicize Bruant’s shows at Le Mirliton.


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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


Eldorado: Aristide Bruant


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Color lithograph on tan wove paper


Image: 137.5 × 96.4 cm (54 3/16 × 38 in.); Sheet, sight: 145.2 × 98.7 cm (57 3/16 × 38 7/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

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