Les Diables de Lithographies. LE POITEVIN, Eugène.
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies
Les Diables de Lithographies

Les Diables de Lithographies

Paris / London: Chez Aumont / Charles Tilt, [1832]. Item #02833

Scarce Complete Devils
Having Diabolical Fun
In a Very Unusual Binding

LE POITEVIN, [Eugène Modeste Edmond]. Les Diables de Lithographies. Paris / London: Chez Aumont / Charles Tilt, n.d. [1832].

First edition, complete. Oblong folio (14 3/8 x 21 3/4 in; 363 x 600 mm). Eighty illustrations on twelve black and white lithographed plates, numbered, with two supplemental plates (Petits sujets des diableries manquent le plus souvent, nos. 19 and 26: Paris / London: Aubert / Tilt, 1832) with thirty-five illustrations; a total of fourteen plates in all.

Traditional oriental string binding c. 1980 by an unknown hand in full walnut-stained leather with wood-grain highlights over flex-boards with a 159 x 159 mm central panel in wood with two contrasting wood onlays depicting Diables, and four smaller and similar corner-pieces, the whole reiterated on the rear cover with different figures. Original front wrapper preserved. Small 1/4 inch closed tear to right margin of plates 1 and 2; 1/2 inch neat repair to lower margin of plate 6; some soiling to margins; occasional soiling within images. Overall, a near fine copy in a most unusual and attractive binding.

Scarce complete. OCLC records only one copy in institutional holdings worldwide. ABPC records only one complete copy at auction since 1923. The album was typically broken up with the prints sold individually and complete copies have become enormously rare.

Impish devils dance, make merry, kidnap young maidens, engage in scatological activities, make mischief upon men and women. and generally have a hell of a time as rascals frolicking in diabolical fun. It is the most famous of all works, paint or print, by Le Poitevin, whose "Devilries" established a genre in the wake of the Romantic school's Mephistopheles and Faust, from scenes to fright to scenes that, as here, delight with lively charm. Le Poitevin's devilries with their light, devilish humor became extremely popular with other artists, such as Michael Delaporte and Bayalos.

Le Poitevin (1806-1870) was a French painter and lithographer. As a painter, he specialized in marine art , as a lithographer he is best-known today for Devilries. He was a contributor to The Journal of Painters and Charles Philpon's La Caricature. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, a pupil of Louis Hersent and Xavier Leprince. Very popular in his time, he exhibited at the Salon from 1831 until his death in 1870 .

"Tout autre est Eugène Le Poitevin, le peintre de marines, qui popularise un genre bien différent mais dont le retentissement ne fut pas moins grand. Procédant en droite ligne du Méphistophélès de Faust et des tendances au bizarre de l’école romantique, les diableries de cet artiste vinrent jeter une note pittoresque et amusante au milieu des estampes sans couleur du consciencieux lithographe. Pendant un temps ce ne furent plus que diables et diableries, diables souvent érotiques, diableries plus ou moins légères. Les Diables, Petits sujets de diables, Bizarreries diaboliques, Encore des Diableries; c’est sous ces titres que se répandaient partout les albums à couverture brune de Le Poitevin qu’imitèrent bientôt de Bayalos avec ses Diablotins et Michel Delaporte avec ses Récréations diabolico-fantasmagoriques. Diables blancs et diables noirs suivis de diables rouges et de diables verts. Le diable se glissait partout, commettant mille incongruités, relevait les robes des femmes, les déshabillait comme par enchantement, les mettait en cage, les tirait par les cheveux, ayant toujours à son service un nombre incalculable de petits diablotins courant à tort et à travers les feuilles. Il y eut une telle invasion des sujets de messire Satan que ce ne fut plus, comme dans la chanson, « Vive la lithographie, » mais « au diable, les polissonnes" (Grand-Carteret, Les Moeurs et la caricature en France, p. 174).

Le Poitevin (1806-1870) was a French painter and lithographer. As a painter, he specialized in marine art , as a lithographer he is best-known today for Devilries. He was a contributor to The Journal of Painters and Charles Philpon's La Caricature. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, a pupil of Louis Hersent and Xavier Leprince. Very popular in his time, he exhibited at the Salon from 1831 until his death in 1870.

Price: $9,000.00