Cafe Ambassador: Aristide Bruen - Toulouse-Lautrec. 141.2x98.4
Toulouse-Lautrec and singer Aristide Bruant (1851-1925) were connected by mutual sympathy. When Bruant opened his famous Mirliton cabaret in 1885, the artist was only 20 years old. Toulouse-Lautrec discovered the nightlife of Montmartre, the world of cabarets and cafes. Bruant quickly appreciated the talent of Lautrec and ordered his paintings for cabaret design.
In 1887-1888, Lautrec took part in the illustration of the magazine of the same name - Mirliton. The artistic value of his drawings rivaled the brilliant triumph of the singer. Overall popularity further strengthens their friendship. And when the Ambassador Cafe, located on the Champs Elysees, offers to give Bruan a series of concerts, he decides that it was Lautrec who should draw the posters for him.
The beginning of the 90s was a very fruitful period in the work of Lautrec. Just at this time, his fame is growing and expanding. Almost everyone pays tribute to his talent. The artist at that time concentrated on lithographs. Cafe Ambassador: Aristide Bruen indicates that Lautrec perfectly mastered the technique of the poster. Having studied Japanese engravings and the experience of other artists (especially the Nazis), Toulouse-Lautrec came to very bold decisions. He brings the drawing almost to abstraction and skillfully combines flat spots with curved contour lines, resulting in stunning decorative shapes. The simplicity of the forms attracts the viewer's eye and fascinates with the integrity of the solution. Cafe Ambassador is an example of the perfect combination of the artist’s brilliant craftsmanship with the requirements of an advertising poster.