Eugénie Buffet / La Cigale

Artist: Lucien Metivet French (1863-1932)

Title: Eugénie Buffet / La Cigale

Plate: AL.16

Description: Condition A.
Original lithograph from "Les Affiches Illustrees" series, 
limited printing of 1025.
Printed by 
Imprimere Chaix, Paris, 1896.

Ref: DFP-II, 575; Reims, 845; Maindron, 144; Hiatt, p. 131; Gold, 172; PAI-XXXVII, 401 (var)

Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex. 
Certificate of Authenticity.

Sheet Size: 8 3/4 in x 12 1/4 in / 22 cm x 31 cm

Image Size: 4 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in / 11.3 cm x 26 cm

Price: $325.00 RARE

Full size sold $5520 Poster Auctions Int. NY. Oct 2018 Extremely Rare

"Buffet used this design as an announcement of her appearance at the Cigale... Buffet was quite popular in the intimate cabaret, preferring to forsake glamour and elaborate stage effects in favor of singing about common people and ordinary subjects in a down-to-earth ‘realistic’ style” "This is one of three posters Metivet did for this chanteuse (a female singer of popular songs, french); in all cases he puts her on ordinary Paris streets in the cloths of a Paris working girl, the persona she projected in her performances." (Gold )... It was an instant success: Charles Hiatt calls this design “extremely distinguished” and Maindron, full of praises for it, concludes that “it borders on perfection.”

Eugenie Buffet (French 1886-1934)

“In 1892 Buffet attended a performance at Le Chat Noir (the Black Cat) by the cabaret singer Aristide Bruant; Buffet found herself moved by his performance and approached him with the idea of her portraying one of the poor and unfortunate girls of whom Bruant would often sing. Buffet had spent a short time in the Prison Saint-Lazare which had put her into direct contact with women of such description, and she was also said to have followed prostitutes on their rounds at night in order to better emulate their dress and demeanor in her own performances.

Theatre de La Cigale, Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris

Buffet would combine these experiences to create her famous performances as la pierreuse (the streetwalker) and she debuted her character in an 1882 performance at La Cigale, a famous nightclub in the Quartier Pigalle of Paris. During performances Buffet wore a tattered apron and red scarf, a common costume of prostitutes at the time.
Eugénie Buffet, ca. 1920, photographed by Eugène Atget

She was also known to perform in the street for charity in the poorer areas of Paris – work for which she was awarded the Légion d'honneur. Buffet became a national celebrity – she performed at such famous cafés-concerts as the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Rochechouart, and Les Ambassadeurs.” (