Artist: Leonetto Cappiello Italian (1875-1942)
Title: Jules Claretie
Original lithograph from "Les Contemporains Celebres".
Printed 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 via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 10 in x 12 3/4 in 25.2 cm x 32.4 cm
Jules Claretie (1840 - December 1913), was a French literary figure and director of the Théâtre Français. After studying at the lycée Bonaparte in Paris, he became a journalist, achieving great success as dramatic critic to Le Figaro and to the Opinion nationale. He was a newspaper correspondent during the Franco-German War, and during the Commune acted as staff-officer in the National Guard. In 1885 he became director of the Théâtre Français, and from that time devoted his time chiefly to its administration until his death. He was elected a member of the Académie française in 1888, and took his seat in February 1889, being received by Ernest Renan. The long list of his works includes: Histoire de la Révolution de 1870-1871 (5 vols., 1875-1876) and several plays, some of which are based on novels of his own. Claretie also wrote three operas for the music of Jules Massenet. (Encyclopædia Britannica 11th Edition)
"Les 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, PAI-XL, 252)