Yvette Guilbert

Also found in: Wikipedia.

Guilbert, Yvette


Born Jan. 20, 1867, in Paris; died Feb. 2, 1944, in Aix-en-Provence. French stage singer.

Guilbert made her debut as a variety singer in 1890. She performed in Paris and made guest performances in England, Germany, Austria, and Italy. In 1896 she appeared in the USA. Guilbert created a special genre of French light music, the “songs of the end of the century” (chansons de fin de siècle), and developed a characteristic style of delivery (the so-called emploi Yvette), distinguished by its eccentric and grotesque manner. Guilbert was painted by the artist Toulouse-Lautrec (portraits and caricatures).


Le Chanson de ma vie: Mes mémoires. Paris, 1927.
Autres Temps, autres chants, 12th ed. [Paris] 1946.
References in periodicals archive ?
She was one of Lautrec's most faithful copines, who outlived him by over forty years; dying in 1943, a year before her rival and friend Yvette Guilbert.
Opposite Jane Avril at one of the marble tables of the Moulin Rouge sits Yvette Guilbert, her long nose uplifted as if scenting the vermilion smear of her floribunda lips.
Yvette Guilbert may be seen in the surroundings of her choice, her sitting-room, in a photograph of about 1895 from a fashion magazine (reproduced in J.
Gallantly he accompanied Jane Avril to hear Yvette Guilbert sing at Le Divan Japonais.
Opposite Dujardin and alongside Yvette Guilbert at the corner of the table at the Moulin Rouge is a scholarly-looking man who is examining a black-covered book, apparently passed to him by Guilbert.
I thought I am never going to get my feet back on the boards again so I wrote my first show - The Life and Times of Yvette Guilbert - and I have become hooked on one person shows," she says.
Paris was applauding change for change's sake and Toulouse-Lautrec hobbled on his damaged legs from sensation to sensation amongst a group of artists such as Van Gogh, Felix Feneon (the art and society critic), the protest singers Aristide Bruant (who Toulouse-Lautrec immortalised in a famous poster) and Yvette Guilbert.
They included Yvette Guilbert, Aristide Bruant, May Milton and Valentin le Dessose (a mysterious double jointed dancer who walked out of the Moulin Rouge one night in 1895 and was never seen again).