Les Ambassadeurs / Cafe-Concert, Paris | Edgar Degas / Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / John Duncan Fergusson, 1876-1907

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Aristide Bruant by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec                                           Edgar Degas, Le café-concert des Ambassadeurs, 1876-77
The Café des Ambassadeurs was one of most fashionable and best-known summer venues in Paris situated on the Avenue Gabriel at the entrance to the Champs-Elysées near the Place de la Concorde. Named after the nearby Hotel Crillon that had become the residence of foreign ambassadors, it was founded in 1764 as a simple open air bar, a small pavilion was added in 1772 and it evolved into one of the most famous of the Parisian café concerts. (…)
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 Edgar Degas, At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs, 1885
Decorated in an 18th-century rococo style, Les Ambassadeurs reached its peak of fame as a restaurant and nightclub (known as a café-concert)
in the 1870s, 80s, and 90s, a few hundred meters from the Palais Garnier.
Always a center of entertainment for the aristocracy, in the 1870s it was a regular destination of some of the best known figures of art and the demi-monde.
Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec portrayed visitors at the night club, and Aristide Bruant performed there.
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Edgar Degas, At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs, 1885                               John Duncan Fergusson, Café-Concert des Ambassadeurs, 1907

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ducarre at Les Ambassadeurs, 1893                 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aux Ambassadeurs (Au Cafe-Concert), 1894
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Edgar Degas, At the Cafe des Ambassadeurs, 1877                                    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893

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