Yvette Guilbert

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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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The raucous seductive voice of Yvette Guilbert and the famous "Linger longer loo" picture by Toulouse Lautrec, featuring Yvette Guilbert in the act of taking off her long black gloves and making this last, in a lingering that is a perfect example of sinful, "morose delectation", the time of the entire song: language in action, with its evocative power.
Suzuki focused on Lautrec's depictions of four performers, Jane Avril, Yvette Guilbert, Louise Weber (aka "La Goulue") and Loi'e Fuller, all of whom owe much of their renown to his lavish attention.
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. Jane Avril's sometimes frenzied dancing had been attributed to St Vitus's Dance (as Sydenham's chorea, which is an after-effect of rheumatic fever, was then called) and she spent a long time in hospital because of that diagnosis; but Sydenham's chorea lasts only a few months.
Elizabeth Emery brings to notice Yvette Guilbert (d.
"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.
Yvette Guilbert wants to steal the fortepiano in order to plug it into her sessions (at the same time as the harpsichord).
The singer Yvette Guilbert, whom he befriended and often portrayed, was shocked upon first encountering his "enormous dark head, ...
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. Then there was also the absurdist playwright, Alfred Jarry, who mocked society with his cheeky creation 'Pere Ubu'.
Bratton's "Irrational Dress," Susan Rutherford's "The Voice of Freedom: Images of the Prima Donna," and Helen Day's "Female Daredevils") or move confidently into theoretized analysis (Geraldine Harris's "Yvette Guilbert: La Femme Moderne on the British Stage").