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Jeanne Bloch, Study for Lithograph in the album "The Café-Concert"

Jeanne Bloch, Étude por Lithographie dans l'album "Le Café-Concert"
Artist: Henri Gabriel Ibels (1867 - 1936) Primary
Date: ca. 1893
19th century
Dimensions: 11.42 x 9.25 in. (29 x 23.5 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.509
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The café-concert, or cabaret, developed in Paris during the Second Empire, but came into its own in the last decades of the 19th century. Something of a cross between a bar and a concert hall, these venues featured nightly entertainments: popular songs, theatrical performances, and even acrobatic spectacles. Together with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ibels published a portfolio of 21 lithographs featuring notable cabaret performers, including actress Jeanne Bloch, the star of comic performances at La Scala and La Cigale.

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Much aligned with Ibels’ favored subject matter of choice, entertainers and working class Parisians, this lithograph depicts comic singer Jeanne Bloch as part of a portfolio of lithographs completed with his contemporary, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Many avant-garde café-concert performers incorporated humor into their acts, whether verbally satirical or through body language, as a departure from the rigid, censored performances that dominated traditional Parisian entertainment. Bloch, who Ibels has accurately shown as a well-endowed woman, fits the common appearance of comic cabaret singers. She was known to use her size for a humorous effect by taking smaller male partners when singing romantic duets. Despite the success of the establishments in which Bloch performed, entertainers like herself were frequently underpaid.

Lydia Cross '20




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