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Born in 1844 on the Cours Victor-Hugo, not far from the Arrow Saint-Michel, Ulysse Despaux who makes his debut at the Alcazar will conquer the hearts of Bordeaux by creating popular characters, real small masterpieces of observation . Ulysse Despaux will become a precious witness of Bordeaux life and make a national tour with the famous Paulus. Paris applauds, at the Eldorado, the Black Cat, this former accountant of the Railways Company Midi, which very soon, his hometown will miss. He returns there, plays the comedy Bouffes and the Arts Theater before founding an artistic cabaret "Bordeaux at home" installed in the Sarget hotel of the course of the Intendance.
The editor-in-chief of the Bordeaux life, Ernest Toulouze, will say of our artist: "his horizon is limited, to the north by Blanquefort; to the south by Bègles; to the east by La Bastide and to the west by Pichey. But in this perimeter nothing escapes his eye; beings and things live for him and live through him ". Witness of a Bordeaux that he knows well, frequents and likes, he will not stop multiplying the creation of monologues.
The public will come numerous, without tiring, to listen to Despaux in his cabaret but also sometimes, at the fair, in the smell of fries of the house: the inn "Au bon piccolo without water". His imposing silhouette, his broad laundromat emerging from a tight jacket, will remain legendary to the point of appearing on the famous monument raised to his memory in the shadow of the Arrow Saint-Michel. The most typical and popular Bordeaux "belle époque" will have left an unforgettable memory to the small people of his city.
Sources: The Belle Epoque in Bordeaux Albert Rèche
October 27, 2019
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