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Title:: La Monorganorama - Dans un Salon Year:: 1858
Artist: Grevin, Alfred After:  
Medium: lithograph Provenance:
Period: French 19th Century School/Style: Caricature 18th-19th Century
Catalogs: B. N. Inv. 1;
Price: $1,500.00
Description: Grevin was one of the most interesting of the French, nineteenth-century caricaturists, and one of his weirder ideas was his "Monorganorama," a view of the fashionable world in which the people were portrayed as having a single feature in their heads rather than a whole face: an eye, an ear, a mouth or a nose, but not more than one of them. Such a group is gathered here for a musicale in a salon. A mouth sings a song called "Soazamoa," the words of which (no more ridiculous than many a real song) are inscribed in pencil below the image of the proof impression. An eye examines some music, while an ear listens to the conversation of another mouth. A fine impression on white wove paper, before the printed text. Sold together with the lithograph is the original pencil drawing, in reverse, somewhat rubbed and smudged, but all there. Instead of merely words, we are given here a staff of music of "Soazamoa" together with some new words. Music catalog # 541.