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NamesMorel-Retz, Louis Pierre Gabriel Bernard, 1825-1899 (Illustrator)Destouches, fl. 1853-1869 (Lithographer)Vresse, Arnauld de (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1870 - 1879 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Mor L Pro 1-4
TopicsBallet dancers -- France -- 19th centuryCaricatures and cartoons
NotesStatement of responsibility: Stop.Signed on stone.Series caption title.Statement of responsibility: At lower left of each print: A. de Vresse.Statement of responsibility: At lower right of each print: Lith. Destouches.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. Dancers and their patrons became a favorite subject of caricaturists, possibly because of the opportunities they offered for commentary (sometimes savage) on contemporary mores.Biographical/historical: Louis Pierre Gabriel Bernard Morel-Retz, a French painter, watercolorist, and etcher, was probably best-known for his caricatures, which he produced under the pseudonym Stop. His caricatures were published in French satirical periodicals such as the Journal amusant and Le Charivari, possible sources of the cartoons in this collection.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 4 prints : lithograph, b&w ; 29 x 24 cm., on mount 39 x 28 cm.
DescriptionCartoons from an unidentified periodical. As the series title indicates, the cartoons focus on activities in the wings or behind the scenes. Three depict the interactions of female dancers and their male patrons; in the fourth print, the man involved is the costume designer (or so he claims). Each print is captioned with a brief dialogue between its subjects.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825122190NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758988Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 906a2a60-88fa-0134-2d98-00505686a51c
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