Backstage at the Folies-Bergere | Brassaï / Gaston / Jean-Philippe Charbonnier (Paris, 1909 - 1960)


 In 1882, Édouard Manet painted his well-known painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère 
which depicts a bar-girl, one of the demimondaines, standing before a mirror.


It opened on 2 May 1869 as the Folies Trévise, with light entertainment including 
operettas, opéra comique (comic opera), popular songs, and gymnastics.
It became the Folies Bergère on 13 September 1872named after 
a nearby street, the rue Bergère ("bergère" means "shepherdess").

Jean-Louis Forian, L’Ambulante

"In the vast lobby that leads into the circular promenade, where the gaudily dressed pack of whores prowls about, mingling with the dark-suited crowd of men, a group of women waited for the new arrivals in front of one of the three counters, over which three raddled and rouged vendors of drink and of love were presiding. Behind them, tall mirrors reflected their backs and the faces of the passers-by."

Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami (1885) 
trans Margaret Mauldon
Brassaï, Coulisses des Folies Bergeres, 1930-32                                            Brassaï, La Cage aux fauves aux Folies Bergère, 1932
Gaston Paris, Folies-Bergère, Paris, 1937  
Brassaï, Backstage at Folies Bergère, Paris, 1932
Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Backstage at the Folies Bergère, Paris 1960                                                                         Brassaï, 'The Rainbow' at Folies Bergere, 1932
Brassaï, Juan-les-Pins, aux Folies-Bergères, 1932
Folies Bergere, 1909                                                                   Madamoiselle F Fouguet of the Folies Bergere, 1925
Brassaï, Girl at Folies Bergeres, 1932
James Abbe, Backstage at the Folies Bergere, 1926                                                         Folies Bergere, 1920
Folies Bergére, 1929

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