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Polaire / Le P’tit Jeune Homme. 1903.

Polaire / Le P’tit Jeune Homme. 1903.

Item Description:

Artist: LEONETTO CAPPIELLO (1875-1942)
Size: 38 5/8 x 55 1/8 in./98 x 140 cm
Condition: B/ Slight tears and stains, largely at folds.
Printer: Imp. P. Vercasson, Paris
Reference: Ref: Cappiello/Rennert, 50; Cappiello, 220; Gold, 164; PAI-LXII, 294
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Cappiello; Theatre

Polaire / Le P’tit Jeune Homme. 1903.
“Cappiello renders Polaire's stage presence to striking perfection; her verve is all but contagious. Born Emilie Bouchaud... she was from all accounts quite a brash character, breaking into show business as a singer at 15. At first, she relied primarily on her physical assets—which included an impossibly small waist and an improbably large bust that she refused to conceal with layers of garments as was the fashion of the day. This, of course, earned her a great deal of censure, but also enough notice to get some theatrical offers; and there, she surprised everyone by turning out to be an accomplished comedienne. One of her vehicles, ‘Le P'tit Jeune Homme,’ revolved around the adventures of two young girls from the provinces visiting Paris for the first time who decide somewhere along the line that they might be safer if they disguised themselves as men” (Cappiello/Rennert, p. 68).

About The Artist:

LEONETTO CAPPIELLO (1875-1942)

AUCTION
$ 2,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 210 in PAI-LXXXI: Rare Posters
AUCTION DATE: Jul 1, 2020 at 11:00am EDT

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