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. Written in jest, these texts are 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". Number 263 is devoted to Joris-Karl Huysmans, whose head is brandished, as if guillotined by the binding, on the pages of an open book which he is holding, with an empty look in his eyes. On the page to the left of his head are a few titles of his works.
|Bibliographical material||Breton Sale, 2003, lot 1107. Paris, Librarie Vanier, 1890. In-4° broché.|
|Date of publication||1878|
|Publisher||Librairie Vanier, Paris|
|Breton Auction, 2003||Lot 1107|
|Keywords||Graphic Arts, Monographs, Reviews and Journals|
|Set||Journaux et revues, [Journal] Les Hommes d'aujourd'hui|