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Les Hommes d'aujourd'hui, 258




Person cited Auguste de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
Drawings by Jean-Victor Collignon, Tocqueville


The collection of Les Hommes D'Aujourd'hui was founded in September 1878 by André Gill and Félicien Champsaur. The journal was first published by Cinqualbre (until 1883), then by Léon Vanier after two years of interruption. The last publication appeared in 1899. André Breton posessed 27 numbers of the collection.

The journal was originally inspired by the successful journal, Le Bulletin de vote, published in collaboration with the journalist Maxime Rude which was a collection of illustrated biographies, promoting the republican candidats in the legislative elections of October 1877. The collection of Les Hommes d'aujourd'hui strays from militant politics; each number (containing 4 pages) is devoted to a different contemporary figure belonging to the world of arts, literature or science. A colorful portrait of the spotlight celebrity is on each cover, followed by three pages of text, citations from the author, entire poems or various notable facts about the author's work. The texts are playful, and at times written in jest, composed of contemporaneous and fantastic elements.

When Léon Vanier took over the publication in 1885, he would finalize the element of caracature for the series (André Gill and Henri Demare were the consecutive authors of the first portraits). 

Among the graphic artists were Collignon and Toqueville. The duo signed under the pseudonym, "Coll-Toc".  In number 258 of the collection, they have portrayed Villiers de L'Isle-Adam leaning on a pile of books which he authored, dressed as a soldier armed with a quill pen.

Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, having boasted to be a rival of Honoré Daumier, made so known within his provocative descriptions "in jest". The caricaturist is thus a caricature of his own pen.

An article by Françoise Sylvos, « L'essence cruelle du rire : Villiers de L'Isle-Adam » is recommended for further reading.

Bibliographical materialBreton Sale 2003, lot 1107.
Paris, Bookstore Vanier, 1890. In-4 Soft cover
ISSNL 1147-677X
Date of publication 1890
Publicationfirst publication
PublisherLibrairie Vanier, Paris
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 1107
Keywords, ,
SetJournaux et revues, [Journal] Les Hommes d'aujourd'hui
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