Chapter 16 Guide

Chapter 16 – It’s Pronounced Bas-tahrd


He was a stout, stern-faced man, in a grand, broad-brimmed hat, high-heeled sewer-cleaner boots, a black cape, and a brilliant red scarf. He was two parts talent, three parts affectation, and five parts noise.


aristide-bruant-in-his-cabaret-1892Poster of Aristide Bruant – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec


Aristide_Bruant_fotoAristede Bruyant


Chris and Bruant-med
The Author Guy with the Bruant Poster at the Chicago Art Institute

I need to go to Brussels, and to show with La Vent Group , and I have promised to print new posters for the Chat Noir and the Moulin Rouge.”


Lautrec_moulin_rouge,_la_goulue_(poster)_1891La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge- Poster – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec – 1891
Moulin Rouge Toulouse-Lautrec
Henri with poster and Mr. Tremolada, manager of the Moulin Rouge, with a Jules Cheret poster. The color has been Photoshopped in.
Chat Noir – Poster – The most famous of the Chat Noir images by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen.

Toulouse-Lautrec was part of a movement in the art of poster-making in the1890s, that led to collectors and limited edtions being issued. Steinlein, Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, and later Alphonse Mucha all produced images in this period that began as commercial art that would someday be considered fine art. The first draft cover for Sacré Bleu was from a JOB rolling paper poster by Alphonse Mucha. The model was originally holding a cigarette.


“And he owes me a cartoon for Le Mirliton,” said Bruant.


Le Mirliton

Le Mirliton was the “arts” magazine published by Aristide Bruyant. This illustration is by Toulouse-Lautrec.

And therein lay the artist’s dilemma: to paint for filthy lucre was a compromise of principles, but to be an artist who didn’t sell was to be anonymous as an artist.

Henri liked to play a game he called Guess the Pimp in the ballroom of the Moulin de la Galette.

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Ball at the Moulin de Gallette – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec – 1889

They are probably playing “Guess the Pimp” right now.

It was well past midday now and there was all manner of industry, from goat milking to rag picking to rat racing, going on in the shantytown.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 16 Guide

  1. Talent, affectation, and noise, oh my! What a tangible description, and he looks every BIT of it from his photo!!

  2. I have a JOB rolling tray with the image of the smoking girl by Alphonse Mucha. It was given to me by an old hippy 20 years ago, he bought it in the early 1970’s. From what I have been able to learn they were VERY limited production with only 1000 being made. 500 with a rose colored background (like mine) and 500 in blue…