A. Original lithograph from "Les Contemporains Celebres".
by Publications Octave Beauchamp
& G. de Malherbe, Paris, 1904.
Also includes: Signed (in the plate) testimonial
including celebrity photo and background design by Manuel Orazi, French (1860-1934)
plus original biography.
Both presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free,
archival museum mats, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat
Certificate of Authenticity.
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"The Divine Sarah" by the legendary playwright, Oscar Wilde, Bernhardt was the
undisputed queen of French romantic and classical tragedy."
Bernhardt (1844-1923). One of the theater's greatest talents, French actress
Sarah Bernhardt was also one of its most colorful personalities. Few performers
ever moved audiences as Bernhardt did, or succeeded in such a wide variety of
roles. None provoked more controversy. This exceedingly slender woman with a strikingly
attractive face traveled with, and sometimes slept in, a coffin lined with letters
from her innumerable lovers. And her entourage often included a veritable menagerie
of dogs, cats, birds, turtles, monkeys, leopards, lions, and alligators. Men fought
duels to the death for her, priests exhorted parishioners to shun her, and at
least one woman killed herself because she couldn't get a ticket to a Bernhardt
performance. Critic Jules Lemaitre once said of Bernhardt, "She could enter a
convent, discover the North Pole, have herself inoculated with rabies, assassinate
an emperor or marry a Negro king without astonishing me." (www.trivia-library.com)
Contemporains Celebres, was published by Lefrevre-Utile (famed Biscuit producer)
containing portraits...some of Cappiello's finest caricatures of contemporary
celebrities" (Rennert, PAI-XXXVI, 584)
"Published by Lefevre-Utile and Octave Beauchamp, Paris, and distributed
by G. de Malherbe, containing portraits, biographies, signed testimonials and
some of Cappiello's finest caricatures of contemporary celebrities. You might
be asking yourself just what do Sarah Bernhardt, Anatole France, Rejane, Granier,
Massenet, Bartholdi and the Queen of Madagascar have in common? The answer is
quite simple: They all love Lefevre-Utile biscuits, of course" (Rennert,