Support: Machine made wove paper
Image: 20.8 x 19.5 cm (8 3/16 x 7 11/16 in.); Sheet: 34.3 x 27.1 cm (13 1/2 x 10 11/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2007.194
Catalogue raisonné: Delteil 49; Adhémar 42, Reed and Shapiro 31
This print is one of several works Degas made depicting Mademoiselle Bécat based on his fascination with the culture of Parisian café-concerts.
This vivid scene of a performance by the famed chanteuse Emilie Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs captures the spectacle and excitement of the outdoor café-concert in late 19th-century Paris. Here, the spotlighted singer performs her frenzied, comic dance, with arms raised and fingers splayed, in her trademark style épileptique.
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