Divan Japonais
Date: 1893
Medium: Commercial lithograph
Dimensions: composition: 12 5/8 × 9 3/8 in. (32.1 × 23.8 cm) sheet: 17 5/8 × 12 9/16 in. (44.8 × 31.9 cm)
Illustration Citation: Advertising poster for Divan Japonais, a cafe-concert in Paris, 1892-1893 Les Maitres de L'Affiche, pl. 2, 1896
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1986
Object Number: 1986-179
About: Divan Japonais was one of the many café-concerts (cafes with live music) in late 19th-century Paris frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec. His poster advertising the nightspot features two of his favorite Montmartre stars, Yvette Guilbert and red-haired Jane Avril. Avril is a spectator sitting in the foreground with Édouard Dujardin, a avant-garde writer and nightclub habitué. In the upper left corner, on stage, is the headless body of Guilbert, recognizable by her trademark long black gloves and slim physique.
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