D'Hervilly (Ernest)

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D'Hervilly (Ernest)
Ɵ Midas. Comedy in one act. Autograph manuscript signed, 30 leaves in-4 (26.4 x 20.3 cm) written in black ink on the front (except the second leaf recto-verso), title watercolored in red on the first and second leaves, the first leaf adorned with an original watercolor in color with collages and inscriptions, 1892. Openwork protective box revealing the original composition. Superb and astonishing original watercolor composition with collages, surrealist before its time, accompanying the complete autograph manuscript of Rimbaud and Verlaine's neighbor in Fantin-Latour's Un coin de table. The manuscript is dedicated on the second page: "Au lettré délicat, au constant, au vigilant ami, à Henri Roujon Directeur des Beaux-Arts. His affectionate and grateful poet E d'Hy." According to the catalog of the exhibition devoted to Drawings by French Writers of the 19th Century at the Maison de Balzac (1983-1984), which included this watercolor with collage, "the motifs of this composition allude to the story of King Midas, who had to decide between Apollo and Marsyas in a flute contest. Midas chose the latter, and Apollo, in revenge, gave him donkey ears. Marsyas, the inventor of the flute, is depicted among the reeds at the bottom of the page. The composition, the freshness of the colors, the drawn allusions to the main moments of the story and the archaeological fantasy make this an original and attractive drawing, reminiscent in its layout of early advertising designs." D'Hervilly notes on the second page that his play was inspired by Maspero's L'Alphabet phrygien. Ernest d'Hervilly (1839-1911) is known to the artistic public for his presence in the front row of Fantin-Latour's painting Un coin de table (1872), in which, as the only smoker and between Léon Valade and Camile Pelletan, he is seated alongside Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. After joining the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord in 1858 as a draftsman, he quickly turned to literature, contributing to Diogène, Le Rappel, La Revue du XIXe Siècle, L'Artiste, La Revue des Lettres et des Arts and Le Nain jaune. A poet, playwright and novelist, he also practiced drawing, and Frédéric Régamey, speaking of the gift of drawing among literati, cited d'Hervilly as an example of originality. D'Hervilly remained modest on this subject, ironically calling himself "a student at the École des Beaux Ar...bres de Fontainebleau". Provenance: Jean-Louis Debauve. Exhibition: Dessins d'Écrivains au XIXe Siècle, Maison de Balzac, Paris, November 25, 1983-February 26, 1984, catalog page 65 (prefaced by Claude Pichois) and color reproduction in plate IV.
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