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Jules LEVY Programme d'invitation au Bal des Incohérents, le 11 mars 1885

Jules LEVY

Programme d'invitation au Bal des Incohérents, le 11 mars 1885

A. Stelmans, Paris 11 mars 1885, 15,2x22cm, broché.

Rare first edition of the invitation to the very first "Bal des Incohérents" given March 11, 1885 "at 11:30 in the evening at the local liberal arts, 49 rue Vivienne".
The invitation on laid paper in perfect state of preservation is printed in elegant red letters and illustrated with a magnificent engraving in dry point executed by Henry Somm (pseudonym of François Clément Sommier).

The "incoherent Arts" originated in Paris, on the initiative of Jules Lévy, writer, actor, and ex-Hydropath, who organized a series of seven Parisian exhibitions from 1882 to 1893, bringing together among others the painters Henri Pille, Antonio de Gandara, Henri of Toulouse-Lautrec, Caran d'Ache, alongside hydropathic writers and journalists. His exhibition space in the Vivienne Gallery was also the scene of his two short-and-crazy-years of memorable costume balls, which can be found in Marcel Proust's The Side of A Swann and A Parisian Drama . Alphonse Allais.
During this first ball, "The walls were decorated with signs sententiously proclaiming" Melancholy does not enter here ", or" Please do not spit on the ceiling. "The ball ended with the proclamation of the Order of Incoherents: a rosette of every color never to be worn, attributed to all the guests.The costumes were, according to the extravagant descriptions and engravings of the time: artichoke men, a turkey-headed academician, a missionary eaten by the savages dressed in bacon and watercress with a brooch across the body, a Morris column, etc. " (Philippe Villemin)
The movement is known for its luxurious publications, accompanied by high quality engraved reproductions, of which this ephemeral document is a rare testimony.


600 €

Réf : 66605



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