A. Original lithograph from "Les Contemporains Celebres".
by Publications Octave Beauchamp
& G. de Malherbe, Paris, 1904.
Also includes: Signed (in the plate) testimonial
including celebrity photo and background design by Manuel Orazi, French (1860-1934)
plus original biography.
Both presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free,
archival museum mats, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Mounet-Sully (1841-1916) was the definitive Oedipus of the 19th-century French
stage and arguably of the European stage of that entire century. He was a gifted
tragedian who played all the major roles, including Hamlet and Lear, but who had
a deep personal identification with Oedipus. While Freud was studying in Paris
with Jean Charcot at the Salpêtrière, he saw Mounet-Sully in a performance of
Oedipe Roiwhich, according to Freud's biographer Ernest Jones, "made a deep impression
on him". He enjoyed brilliant success as an actor in Paris, becoming a sociétaire
of the Comédie Française and later its august doyen. In 1909, he played the part
of Jesus in the silent film The Kiss of Judas.
(Richard H. Armstrong 1998)
Contemporains Celebres, was published by Lefrevre-Utile (famed Biscuit producer)
containing portraits...some of Cappiello's finest caricatures of contemporary
celebrities" (Rennert, PAI-XXXVI, 584)
"Published by Lefevre-Utile and Octave Beauchamp, Paris, and distributed
by G. de Malherbe, containing portraits, biographies, signed testimonials and
some of Cappiello's finest caricatures of contemporary celebrities. You might
be asking yourself just what do Sarah Bernhardt, Anatole France, Rejane, Granier,
Massenet, Bartholdi and the Queen of Madagascar have in common? The answer is
quite simple: They all love Lefevre-Utile biscuits, of course" (Rennert,