D’OÙ Viennent-Ils? Du TrÉTeau De Tabarin -1898  36x50” (91.5x127cm)  Imp. Chaix, Paris

D’ Viennent-Ils? Du TrÉTeau De Tabarin –1898
36x50” (91.5x127cm)
Imp. Chaix, Paris

Fursy is a man in a hurry: As soon as he is estab­lished as artis­tic man­ager of the Car­il­lon, he leaves in order to set up the Tréteau de Tabarin with his part­ner Ropi­quet. The estab­lish­ment opened on Octo­ber 30, 1895 sport­ing a name in homage to the father of tum­blers who set up his tres­tle tables at the Pont Neuf Fair in the Mid­dle Ages. A jack of many trades, Fursy turns the Tréteau de Tabarin into an instant suc­cess draw­ing in all of Paris. In order to sus­tain the enthu­si­asm, he com­mis­sions a poster which rep­re­sents a turn­ing point in Grün’s career as he will con­tinue to use this for­mula in a vari­ety of forms in years to come. The back­drop is totally black, the female char­ac­ters stand out in red and white (the paper, in reserve), and the man wear­ing tails exists only through his jabot, face and the reflec­tions of his top hat and patent leather shoes. Another Grün trick: Stooges set in the back­ground — in this case two police­men (almost omnipresent in his posters), who in fact are car­i­ca­tures of Fursy and Ropi­quet, and whose uni­forms are sug­gested just by their belts and sil­ver but­tons, De Crauzat, writ­ing in L’Estampe et l’Affiche, is full of praise: “Grün’s idea, to make the whites and reds stand out against a black back­ground in his posters, is excel­lent. The draw­ing is thus sim­pli­fied and the effect gains in inten­sity. More­over, there is an amus­ing, light, cheer­ful sparkle. What more can one ask of a poster than to be self-evident and joyful?”

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