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Eldorado, Aristide Bruant, 1892

Aristide Bruant in his cabaret, 1893

Aristide Bruant

Singer of satirical songs and the owner of the cabaret Le Mirliton. Bruant wrote his own songs, which were of a coarse and politically indignant nature and addressed the living conditions of the poor in Paris.

Songs of a coarse and politically indignant nature
Bruant (1851-1925) was a singer of satirical songs and the owner of the cabaret Le Mirliton, which served as a rallying point for Lautrec and his circle from 1885 onwards. Bruant wrote his own songs, which were of a coarse and politically indignant nature and addressed the living conditions of the poor in Paris, opposing bourgeois highbrow culture. At the entryway of Le Mirliton was a sign: ”Le Mirliton – A meeting place for those who wish to be offended.”

Easily recognized by his red scarf
Lautrec depicted Bruant in several works; he is easily recognised by his red scarf and broad-brimmed hat.  Several of Lautrec’s works were exhibited at Le Mirliton, and he created illustrations for Bruant’s songs, which were in Le Mirliton, a magazine published and sold at the cabaret by Bruant.

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