Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC | Eldorado: Aristide Bruant

Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
France 1864 – 1901

Eldorado: Aristide Bruant 1892 planographic , brush and spatter lithograph, printed in five colours on wove paper
137.79 (h) x 95.88 (w) cm , unknown
signed lower right, printed from the stone in grey ink, 'HTL' monogram not dated
Reference: Wittrock P5 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 2010.93 Acquired through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, 2010

Aristide Bruant was an infamous figure in Montmartre. A tall, barrel-chested man with a booming baritone voice, Bruant performed gritty songs about the Parisian working class at his cabaret, the Mirliton. He verbally abused his audiences as an art form, yet his patrons – Lautrec among them – kept coming back for more. This image, commissioned by Bruant to advertise a performance at the Eldorado cabaret, became the iconic image of the singer. Shown in his signature long scarf and black fedora, Lautrec captures Bruant’s vibrant character and dominating physical appearance.

Aristide Bruant was an infamous figure in Montmartre. A tall, barrel-chested man with a booming baritone voice, Bruant performed gritty songs about the Parisian working class at his cabaret, the Mirliton. He verbally abused his audiences as an art form, yet his patrons – Lautrec among them – kept coming back for more. This image, commissioned by Bruant to advertise a performance at the Eldorado cabaret, became the iconic image of the singer. Shown in his signature long scarf and black fedora, Lautrec captures Bruant’s vibrant character and dominating physical appearance.

Aristide Bruant was an infamous figure in Montmartre. A tall, barrel-chested man with a booming baritone voice, Bruant performed gritty songs about the Parisian working class at his cabaret, the Mirliton. He verbally abused his audiences as an art form, yet his patrons – Lautrec among them – kept coming back for more. This image, commissioned by Bruant to advertise a performance at the Eldorado cabaret, became the iconic image of the singer. Shown in his signature long scarf and black fedora, Lautrec captures Bruant’s vibrant character and dominating physical appearance.



Image detail: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue entering the Moulin Rouge [La Goulue entrant au Moulin Rouge] 1892
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Gift of Mrs David M. Levy