Yvette Guilbert--At the Ambassadeurs café concert

Yvette Guilbert— Aux Ambassadeurs

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bargiel and Zagrodzki 15; de Crauzat 493


Sheet: 185.7 x 79.7 cm (73 1/8 x 31 3/8 in.) Framed: 196.9 x 90.8 x 2.5 cm (77 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Poster, color lithograph

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



One of the most famous celebrities of her day, Yvette Guilbert developed a signature style (slim gown and long black gloves) and a unique way of half-singing and half-speaking popular songs by Montmartre writers such as Aristide Bruant. She was a savvy self-promoter and commissioned her own publicity posters.


1962, gift of Arthur E. and Charlotte Z. Vershbow, Newton, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 1962)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vershbow