Category Archives: LES VACHALCADES

Increasing in numbers and in activity, the Montmartre artists continue to plan increasingly ambitious festivities. In 1892, the first of the 4 z’Arts balls, complete with a procession of floats, takes place. The following year it causes a scandal when two models appear naked on a float. A lawsuit and a major uproar follow. A crafty cabaret owner, Trombert, takes this opportunity to launch the 4 z’Arts Cabaret on Boulevard de Clichy. Decorated by Grün and Faverot it included a stained glass panel by Abel Truchet. It is here that la Vachalcade – whose soul and organizer was, of course, Willette – was conceived in 1896. The Vachalcade is conceived as a travesty of the Cavalcade. “La vache enragée” or lean times is the common denominator to most of these daubers who are flat broke. Willette does things in style: on one side a big procession of floats, led by the Prefect Lépine with Puvis de Chavanne as honorary chairman; on the other side a magazine, La Vache Enragée, which will be published only twice – once for each Vachalcade (1896 and 1897), These events are an excuse for many posters. Willette and Pal design works in 1896, Lautrec and Roedel in 1897, the year when Grün publishes three times.

JOYEUX-THÉÂTRE — (1896)

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The Joyeux-Théâtre cer­tainly was a short-lived and pos­si­bly migra­tory event — the poster shows nei­ther date nor address. How­ever it did offer a pro­gram of qual­ity which enables us to date it: Jehan Ric­tus is top of the bill: his suc­cess, … Con­tinue read­ing

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LE GRAND GUIGNOL — 1897

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On Novem­ber 11,1897 Oscar Méténier (1859–1919) opens his Grand Guig­nol in Rochegrosse’s for­mer ate­lier, using the name of the hero of the Lyon pup­pet show. A guide­book of the time notes: “If Mon­sieur Antoine has his real­ist the­ater, Oscar Méténier … Con­tinue read­ing

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BAL DU DÉFICIT — 1897

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The admis­sion fee from the big ball fol­low­ing the Vachal­cade was intended to bail out the orga­ni­za­tion. Unfor­tu­nately, due to atro­cious weather, the ball was a com­plete flop and the event showed a loss that had to be recov­ered. The … Con­tinue read­ing

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GRÜN DEMANDE DE GENTILLES MONTMARTROISES — 1897

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Grün is now a key orga­nizer of life in Mont­martre and doesn’t do things halfway; For the sec­ond Vachal­cade he decides to dec­o­rate his own float for the pro­ces­sion and uses this small poster to recruit local beau­ties. In this … Con­tinue read­ing

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