Artist: Leonetto Cappiello Italian (1875-1942)
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
Jean Mounet-Sully (1841-1916) was the definitive Oedipus of the 19th-century French stage and arguably of the European stage of that entire century. He was a gifted tragedian who played all the major roles, including Hamlet and Lear, but who had a deep personal identification with Oedipus. While Freud was studying in Paris with Jean Charcot at the Salpêtrière, he saw Mounet-Sully in a performance of Oedipe Roiwhich, according to Freud's biographer Ernest Jones, "made a deep impression on him". He enjoyed brilliant success as an actor in Paris, becoming a sociétaire of the Comédie Française and later its august doyen. In 1909, he played the part of Jesus in the silent film The Kiss of Judas. (Richard H. Armstrong 1998)
"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)