Grandjouan dessine Duncan

(postcard booklet: €8)
2nd issue published by Claire Rousier
Portrait painter, pastellist and satirical cartoonist, Jules Grandjouan (1875-1968) is best known for his drawings published in L’Assiette au beurre, Le Rire and many other magazines published between 1902 and 1912, but also for his political and social posters. An Illustrator of the human body in movement, he focuses on the gestures of all trades as he does with dance movements. When Grandjouan saw Isadora Duncan dancing for the first time in 1903 he was under thirty years old. He then decided to take hold of Isadora’s dance through drawing. He was still drawing her long after her tragic death in 1927.

The drawings, pastels and red-chalk drawings contained in this book were made between 1905 and 1920 by Grandjouan, mostly during Duncan’s shows in Paris. Others were also created in Antoine Bourdelle’s workshop or Isadora Duncan’s rehearsal studio. The strokes, by their immediacy, seek to be as close as possible to the dancer’s movement That way Grandjouan tries to renew the relationship between the draughtsman and his model and the very object of body representation. He engaged in a broad programme to merge both arts: dance and drawing, wishing to somewhat further the work initiated by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze with music and dance. Movement in drawing, drawing of the movement, drawing in movement, etc.

Authors: Pavel Chalupa, Hervé Gauville, Noémie Koechlin, Claire Rousier, Élisabeth Schwartz, Annie Suquet.