Aristide Bruant, at His Cabaret

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois)

Date: 1893

Medium: Lithograph (with text) printed in four colors; machine wove paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 54 5/16 x 39 in. (138 x 99 cm)
Frame: 56 3/4 × 41 3/4 in. (144.1 × 106 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Posters

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.88.17


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.