Oct 02, 2003 - Sale 1978

Sale 1978 - Lot 45

Price Realized: $ 16,100
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
TABARIN. 1928.
63x463/4 inches. H. Chachoin, Paris.
Condition B+: repaired tears, restoration and overpainting in lower right corner; minor restoration along edges.
The Bal Tabarin was a popular night club in Montmartre, opened in 1904 by Auguste Bosc, a composer of some renown in Paris during the "gay nineties." The club made its reputation with the belle epoque favorite, the cancan, continuing to perform it even long after the First World War, when the craze had all but died elsewhere. In the mid twenties two retired dancers infused the club with new life by introducing the Charleston. The passage of time and the changing trends are all illustrated in a spectacular manner here, with three different women dancing three separate dances all melded into one image. Regardless of the era, regardless of the dance, regardless of the fashion, one element is clear amoung all the different characters in this poster, each is exposing enough skin to tantalize the viewer to attend an event there! This is one of the most sophisticated compositions Colin designed, infused with incredible movements (the legs and arms stretching in all directions), and containing different layers, combining three images into one. Using only three colors, Colin pays a flamboyant tribute to the art of dancing and has created a classic image reflecting the energy of Paris during the Jazz Age. Weill/Rennert 172, p. 122, Paul Colin et les Spectacles 131, p. 110, The Poster 263, p. 209, Reina Sofia p. 35.