Dance cartoonsAdditional title: CoulissesAdditional title: À l'OpéraAdditional title: Petit journal pour rire
NamesGrévin, Alfred, 1827-1892 (Artist)Yves et Barret (Lithographer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1870 - 1879 (Approximate)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Gre A Dan 1-8
TopicsBallet dancers -- France -- 19th century -- Caricatures and cartoons
NotesStatement of responsibility: A. Grévin.Title devised by cataloger.Statement of responsibility: The prints captioned Les coulisses and À l'Opéra are also signed: Yves et Barret sc[ulpsit].Statement of responsibility: The cover for Petit journal pour rire is also signed: Lefman sc[ulpsit].The prints captioned Les coulisses and À l'Opéra are numbered at upper right.Acquisition: Petit journal pour rire Gift; Lillian Moore.Biographical/historical: The nineteenth-century was titillated by the interactions between female dancers, variously known as ballet girls or opera dancers, and their male patrons, who were usually wealthier, older, and of a higher social class. Edgar Degas's images of the ballet often included the shadowy figures of these men, clad in their black evening clothes and opera hats. The French artist Alfred Grévin was a seasoned observer of activities behind the scenes, for in addition to his caricatures of contemporary Parisian life he designed costumes for the popular theatre of Paris, including ballets, comic operas, and plays. In addition to Petit journal pour rire, his caricatures were published in the periodicals Gaulois, Journal amusant, and Le Charivari.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 7 prints : lithograph, b&w ; 35 x 27 cm. or smaller.Extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; 30 x 21 cm.
DescriptionHumorous cartoons poking fun at anonymous female dancers, interacting among themselves or with their patrons backstage at the theatre. Five bear the series caption title Les coulisses; two are titled À l'Opéra. Also included in this collection is a cover for Petit journal pour rire, no. 236. All of the cartoons include captions in French, often brief dialogues between the characters depicted.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825121759NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758986Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 91d83da0-88f9-0134-9d0c-00505686a51c
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