Cabaret des Quat'z'Arts

Paris, France

Cabaret des Quat'z'Arts

Cabaret des Quat'z'Arts ("cabaret of the four arts") was a venue at 62 Boulevard de Clichy, in Paris, France. The interdisciplinary mixture of the arts created avant-garde collaborative performances. Similar to Le Chat Noir, the Quat'z'Arts was a gathering place for artists, composers, musicians, performers, poets, illustrators, and theater critics, attracting newcomers such as Pablo Picasso and Apollinaire. It provided space for permanent and temporary art exhibits by the likes of Emile Cohl, Jules-Alexandre Grün, Charles Léandre, Georges Redon, Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Abel-Truchet, and Adolphe Willette.

The Cabaret des Quat'z'Arts was founded in December 1893 by François Trombert on the site of the old Café du Tambourin. He named the establishment after the second annual Bal des Quat'z'Arts, an event of the École des Beaux-Arts. That costume ball was held 9 February 1893 at the Moulin Rouge and, along with merriment and drinking, included nude models as living paintings, a nude woman standing on a table at midnight, and a subsequent lawsuit. The term "Quat'z'Arts" referred to the school's four disciplines (architecture, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Theatrical offerings were performed by the cabaret's troupe or by marionettes and included satirical revues and shadow plays. Venues similar to Chat Noir were La Lune Rousse and Les Pantins. After Trombert's death (1908), Martial Boyer took over as director; subsequent editors were Gabriel Montoya and Vincent Hyspa.

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