Full size sold for $ 9,200 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. Nov.
"Among the specialized terms used to distinguish Paris music-hall
entertainers, Dufay fell into the category of comique excentrique. To Hiatt, she
was 'merely a woman of impossible fatness who performs at various Paris music
halls on the trombone.' The poster itself, however, drew wide contemporary praise.
In Maindron's words, 'this composition, so simple and barely coloured, is a remarkable
study, and has an extraordinary effect' (Hiatt
p.36). And Hiatt cannot gush enough: 'It is safe to say that, once seen, it
will never be forgotten
The mirth of the thing is victorious and infectious;
one seems almost to hear the coarse laugh; the ample body in the green dress seems
to move as one stares at it. In line, in movement, this poster is
masterpiece' (Hiatt p.113).