Valmy and Léa

c. 1885–95
(French, 1849–1935)
Sheet: 36 x 51.7 cm (14 3/16 x 20 3/8 in.)
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A forerunner to the cabaret, the café-concert was an irresistible subject for artists working in fin-de-siècle Paris. Here, the performers are illuminated by the unnatural glow of gas footlights, while the musicians in the orchestra, seen mostly from behind, are tucked in the shadowy foreground. The neck of the double bass extends above the crowd, drawing the viewer’s eye to the climactic cancan.
Valmy and Léa

Valmy and Léa

c. 1885–95

Jean Béraud

(French, 1849–1935)
France, 20th century

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