Nov 13, 2007

Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs

Mlle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs


Edgar Degas

(French, 1834–1917)


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


Did you know?

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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