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Josephine Baker and LA Revue Negre: Paul Colin's Lithographs of Le Tumulte Noir in Paris, 1927

Colin, Paul;Gates, Henry Louis;Dalton, Karen C.C.

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ISBN 10: 0810927721 / ISBN 13: 9780810927728
Published by Harry N Abrams Inc, New York, 1998
Condition: Tres Bien-very Good Soft cover
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Josephine Baker and LA Revue Negre: Paul Colin's Lithographs of Le Tumulte Noir in Paris, 1927; Paul Colin's lithographs of Le Tumulte Noir in Paris, 1927. 64 pages including 45 full large colour plates Size: Large Format Grande. Bookseller Inventory # 003081

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Title: Josephine Baker and LA Revue Negre: Paul ...

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft Illustrated Souple

Book Condition:Tres Bien-very Good

Book Type: Art-portfolio

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An artist's portfolio of forty-five lithographs--first published in 1927 and repackaged here with a new introduction--captures the African-American spirit during the Jazz Age that took France by storm after World War I. Original. 11,000 first printing. QPB Main.


When graphic designer Paul Colin published a limited edition of lithographs he'd made of dancer Josephine Baker and her revue in Paris in 1927, the French fascination with American jazz musicians and dancers was at its peak--and the 500 hand-colored copies quickly sold out. The 45 lithographs collected under the title Le Tumulte Noir (the book's notes list uproar, frenzy, sensation, brouhaha, and craze among the possible translations for the word tumulte) include a dynamic sketch of Baker in her famous banana skirt, a chalklike drawing of a jazz band in full swing, a feather-bedecked woman dancing in the rain, an interracial flapper couple kicking up their heels, and other images that capture the joie de vivre of the era. Henry Louis Gates Jr. introduces this edition of the lithographs with an essay that reminds readers of the haven African Americans found in France at a time when overt racism and bigotry were rampant in the United States. He then maps the wild success the new musical form jazz, and its beloved interpreter Baker, achieved there. Colin's lithographs are faithfully reproduced in the same size and vertical orientation of the original edition with just the three colors he employed, the original title page, and Baker's own handwritten forward to the work.

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