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Author COLIN, Paul.
Title Le Tumulte Noir
Stock Code 1968
Dates 2011
Published Paris: Editions Anthese
Description A spectacular limited facsimile of this Jazz Age work. One of 500 copies on papier vélin Rivoli Ivoire (160g). This copy is numbered 461/500. Folding stiff white boards with black and red text to the front board. Black spine. Secured by faux (?) leather studs The album is composed of 45 lithographs Loose as issued (including a double page spread). The title page has the publisher details, the limitation, and is signed by Mario Ferreri (The Master of Lithography) and Nicolas Draeger (the Editor). There are some preliminary pages of text, and a facsimile of a poem by Josephine Baker. Then is the suite of beautiful plates. Plates 1,3,4,5,6,9,10,12,13,19,25,32,38,39,40,41,42 & 43 are coloured by the Societe Brugier Seriagraphe. See notes below for the background to the work. Josephine Baker is specifically portrayed twice; in one print she wears a skirt of palm leaves, and in another she wears the famous skirt of yellow bananas introduced at the Folies-Bergère music hall in 1926. Other prints feature various performers from the Revue, including a double sheet rendering of the orchestra performing against an Art Deco cityscape, and Parisians ecstatically dancing the Charleston.
Note In 1925, Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and the musicians and performers of her troupe, La Revue Nègre, exploded on the stage at Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with a wild new dance called the Charleston. The Jazz Age was at its height, and Baker was destined to become its high priestess. Four years later, French poster artist Paul Colin (1892-1985), Baker's one-time lover and life-long friend, published a portfolio of vividly coloured lithographs titled "Le Tumulte Noir" ("The Black Craze") which captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris. Le Tumulte Noir was designed for and sold at the Bal Nègre, a one-night-only event organised by Colin as a tribute to the 'black craze.' The album is divided into two parts. The first is dedicated to Josephine Baker and black musicians and dancers. Exquisitely stylised, it is Paul Colin at his very best. The second part is a satire of Paris under the spell of the Charleston. Following in the steps of Sem, Colin satirises the Parisian music hall stars of the moment: Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier, Cecile Sorel and the Dolly Sisters, as well as the chansonniers Rip and Saint-Granier, the cubist Jean Borlin of the Ballet Suedois, and the tennis champion Suzanne Lenglen. Paul Colin (1892 – 1985) was one of France's greatest poster artists. Made famous in 1925 by his poster for the Revue Nègre, which helped to launch the career of Josephine Baker (who became his mistress), he worked for over forty years in the theatre, creating not only posters but also numerous sets and costumes. Very Art Deco at the outset of his career (Le Tumulte Noir is a masterpiece of the genre), Colin's style quickly became more personal - and harder to categorise
Bibliography [xiv], 45 Lithographs
Edition First Thus
Condition The plates themselves are all in perfect condition. The folder is in excellent condition - but there is just a little bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Overall and excellent item.
Binding Pictorial Cover
Price £1250.00

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