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Description: Plate VII: the actress seen almost half-length on stage, her gloved hands posed beneath her face; from a (now disbound) series of eight lithographs. Yvette Guilbert was a favorite subject of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who made many portraits and caricatures of Guilbert and dedicated his second album of sketches to her. Sigmund Freud attended performances, including one in Vienna, and called her a favorite singer. For her act, she was usually dressed in bright yellow with long black gloves and stood almost perfectly still, gesturing with her long arms as she sang. An innovator, she favored monologue-like "patter songs" (as they came to be called) and was often billed as a "diseuse" or "sayer." The lyrics (some of them her own) were raunchy; their subjects were tragedy, lost love, and the Parisian poverty from which she had come.
Edition Notes: 350 in first edition
Size: 19-5/8 x 14-7/8 in. (49.8 x 37.8 cm)
References: Wittrock 278 I/I; Adriani 257 II/II; Delteil 259; Duvigneau, Götz 315