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Title
Dance cartoons
Additional title: Coulisses
Additional title: À l'Opéra
Additional title: Petit journal pour rire
Names
Grévin, Alfred, 1827-1892 (Artist)
Yves et Barret (Lithographer)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1870 - 1879 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Gre A Dan 1-8
Topics
Ballet dancers -- France -- 19th century -- Caricatures and cartoons
Genres
Prints
Illustrations
Notes
Statement 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 Description
Lithographs
Extent: 7 prints : lithograph, b&w ; 35 x 27 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; 30 x 21 cm.
Description
Humorous 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 Resource
Still image
Languages
French
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825121759
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758986
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 91d83da0-88f9-0134-9d0c-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1827: Creator Born
  • 1870: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1892: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance cartoons" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1870 - 1879. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1dc9f310-8cb8-0134-f6be-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance cartoons" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1dc9f310-8cb8-0134-f6be-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1870 - 1879). Dance cartoons Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1dc9f310-8cb8-0134-f6be-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Dance cartoons