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A prominent figure of the late-19th-century bohemian
nightlife of Paris, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec frequented the city’s many cabarets, including the Divan Japonais. The nightclub’s
director, Edouard Fournier, commissioned this advertising poster from the
artist to promote his establishment. The scene depicts the can-can dancer Jane
Avril accompanied by French critic and journalist Édouard Dujardin, two well-known
denizens of Parisian nightspots, observing the performer on stage in the
background. The singer’s signature black gloves identify her as Yvette
Text by the artist: Divan Japonais/75 rue des Martyrs/Ed Fournier/directeur.
Inscribed (lower right): artist's monogram.
Marked (lower right) with the address of the printer: IMP. EDW. ANCOURT, PARIS
John and Maria Shugars Fund
Die Kunst unserer Zeit, 1897, Volume 8, p. 8
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC
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