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Autographed photograph of Mistinguett (1919)

Autographed photograph of Mistinguett (1919)

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Madame Mistinguett signs a large photograph at the height of her career.

  • Original photograph by Mistinguett, with the artist's signature.
  • Unknown photographer.
  • 19 cm x 25.7 cm.
  • 1919.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Anyone who thinks that revolutions are made only with swords and cannons is wrong. In the world of women, where every right is an achievement, often following your dreams and respecting your individuality become uplifting actions that are anything but banal. A great example of this is Mistinguett, a famous French artist who transformed the 20th century with her short skirts, dances and cigarettes, and left a musical legacy that should be celebrated. In previous weeks we presented Bidu Sayão, and Carlos Gomes, now we bring the vitality of Mistinguett. To difficult times, good music!

Jeanne Bourgeois, artistically known as Mistinguett, was born in 1875, and began to display the traits of a determined woman who would transform the world at a young age. The little performer began her artistic career working as a flower seller in a restaurant, where she sang popular songs to her customers. Determined, when she realized that she needed to improve her skills, she made her parents pay for dancing and singing lessons. And finally, at the age of 20, in 1895, he made his debut at the Paris Casino. Also performing in shows at the Moulin Rouge, the Folies Bergère and the Eldorado, she soon became successful, becoming the most popular and richest star of her time.

Mistinguett's career took off at the beginning of the 20th century, and she even participated as an actress in the first French films, still silent. The muse conquered Paris and soon became known not only in France, but in other countries around the world, including Brazil. The famous star had a romance with a Brazilian diplomat with whom she had a son, born in 1901, and in 1923 she even visited Brazil, where she sang at the inauguration of the famous Copacabana Palace .

But it was a few years before the trip to Brazil that one of the most curious events in Mistinguett's career occurred. Loved by the public and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, in 1919, at the age of 44, she took out an insurance policy to cover her legs, as these instruments were so important to her career. The insurance had a value of 500 thousand francs, a millionaire amount at the time. Her youthful appearance, charming smile, and famous legs, as can be seen in the photo she signed in the same year, do not deny the impact that Mistinguett had around her. What was she thinking at the moment she was photographed?

Mistinguett impacted the world with the sensuality of her dance, but also with her boldness, long before Coco Chanel, she showed off her short hair and smoked in public, attitudes that were unthinkable for a woman at the beginning of the 20th century. Her strength paved the way for many other women, and this road continues to be paved to this day. Especially in the difficult times we live in, it is important to remember the effort and struggle of those who came before us, and celebrate the art they created, which is why we invite everyone to celebrate the music of Mistinguett and other authors and singers who brightened the history of world.

Anyone who loves and knows French and European culture knows that Mistinguett symbolizes the joy and boldness of Paris during "les années folles". This photograph, large and in perfect condition, features one of the most beautiful signatures I have ever seen by this legendary artist.

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