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 simple black and white poster Grün draws his own profile caricature on the far right. A phylactery (or a balloon, in comic-strip terminology) conveys his message. The young girls are converging under the eager gaze of the “flics” (a Courteline character, which immediately became an everyday slang word). They pop out of the black background, the double rows of their buttons suggesting their uniforms — a stroke of inspiration that Grün is not ready to forego.
VACHALCADE — 1897 — REPRÉSENTATION AU NOUVEAU THÉATRE
Within the sphere of influence of the big fair, a party is given at the Nouveau Théâtre, Rue Blanche, to raise funds to aid the artists. In a somewhat crude composition using the now essential black and red, Grün depicts a model wearing a hat, laughing at the censors and controlling an exhausted mad cow. A charming bare-breasted dancer presents a program, while a cop disguised as an angel blesses all from a starlit background.