Object Image

Valmy and Léa

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 base extends above the crowd, drawing the viewer's eye to the climactic can-can.

Credit: Bequest of Muriel Butkin

c. 1885-95
Brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over graphite
36.0 x 51.7cm
2008.407
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
Permanent collection