A, from "Le Rire"
Original page from the satirical weekly magazine, Printed in Paris,
published April 14th. 1900, issue no. 284.
Printing on verso.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
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Polaire ca. 1900
"We hardly need to be told that Polaire was a striking presence on
stage. She was Emilie Bouchard (1877-1939), originally from Algiers,
who was from all accounts quite a character. Endowed by nature with
a rather generous bust, she ignored the Victorian dress code which
demanded that woman conceal their breasts as much as possible, and
refused to wear the confining corsets, hence she tended to stand out
conspicuously, and it is not beyond conjecture that this may have
been at least partly responsible for her entry into show business
as a cafe singer at the age of 15. To her credit, she made the most
of the opportunity, and seized the first chance to perform in a stage
production. There, she surprised everyone by revealing herself as
a sensitive and intelligent comedienne, and within a year was playing
soubrette leads in comedies" (Wine Spectator 184)
Cappiello in his studio, in 1902
"In 1898 when he (Leonetto Cappiello) decided to pay a visit
to his older brother who happened to be working for the Paris Stock
exchange. Leonetto found Paris exciting, and wanted to stay longer,
which meant he had to find a way to support himself. He approached
two famous compatriots who happened to be in town, actor Novelli
and composer Puccini, asked them to let him sketch their caricatures.
They obliged, and Cappiello submitted the drawings to the humour
magazine "Le Rire" they were promptly accepted, and were
so well received by the public that he became, virtually overnight,
the favoured artist of the Paris Theatre" (Rennert
One of the magazines asked him to prepare his first poster (Le Frou
Frou) for which he used the style of his "Le Rire" work,
simple drawing and flat colour. From that point on he was inundated
with commissions for posters. These early works he did for "Le
Rire" were instrumental in the start of his career, and thus
their importance to the serious collector cannot be overestimated.