Les papillons: [selections]
NamesVarin, Amédée, 1818-1883 (Artist)Corbay, V. (Victor), 1815- (Engraver)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1852 (Inferred)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Var A Pap 1-3
NotesContent: The title page is signed A. Varin del., V. Corbay. The illustrations on the pages headed Le triomphe de cypris and Vertu médicale du boléro are signed Varin.Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Leon Danielian, 1997.Biographical/historical: Amédée Varin, sometimes called Pierre Amédée Varin, was a French draftsman, painter, and engraver. He appears to be best known today for his works of whimsy. In addition to Les papillons, he also published L'empire des légumes (ca. 1850), a social satire about a world of vegetable people.
Physical DescriptionWood engravingsExtent: 3 prints : wood engraving, steel engraving, color ; 27 x 17 cm. or smaller
DescriptionThree leaves from Les papillons, ou metamorphoses terrestres des peuples de l'air par Amédée Varin, texte par Eu[gène] Nus et An[tony] Meray, published in Paris by Gabriel de Gonet; originally issued in parts. This collection includes the title page, which is a hand-colored wood engraving drawn by Varin and engraved by Victor Corbay, and two leaves, respectively headed Le triomphe de cypris and Vertu médicale du boléro, both illustrated with hand-colored steel engravings by Varin. The title page depicts a winding procession of butterflies with folded wings and other insects, some of them anthropomorphized. Le triomphe de cypris and Vertu médicale du boléro respectively depict male and female human figures with butterfly wings and antennae. The female figure wears a costume similar to those worn by ballerinas of the period.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 824999880NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19756993Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 450d2be0-0105-0135-c7a0-41b3923f13e1
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