Artist: Toulouse-Lautrec French (1864-1901)
Title: Chocolat dansant dans un bar
Plate: LR 11
Original page from the satirical weekly magazine "Le Rire"
Printed in Paris 28/03/1896.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 9 in x 12 in 23 cm x 31 cm
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Chocolat was the stage name of Rafael Padilla (1865-1917), a clown who performed in a Paris circus around the 1900's. Rafael was an Afro-Cuban descent and was one of the earliest successful black entertainers in modern France. He was the first black clown to play a lead role in a circus pantomime act, and with his longtime partner George Foottit. They revolutionized the art of clowning by pairing the sophisticated white clown with the foolish auguste clown.
"The Irish and American Bar was described as an English bar where truly hardened drinkers would silently sit lost in contemplation of the bottles. The barman (seen standing to the left) Randolphe, was known as Ralph. A half-breed Chinese and American Indian born in San Francisco, he displayed Asiatic dexterity in mixing special cocktails. In the smoke and hubbub jockeys, trainers, grooms and horse dealers jostled with pompous coachmen whose employers would be dining at one of the smart restaurants nearby. The famous Negro clown called Chocolat (seen here dancing) was a devotee of this unpretentious smoky establishment. After his performance at the Nouveau Cirque, he would go there to quench his thirst with his partner (Footit). Occasionally Chocolat would dance… Lautrec was frequently the last client to leave the bar when closing-time came" (Dortu p.190, 193)