25 best pictures by de Losques from “Le Figaro”

Daniel de Losques (1880-1915) created many pictures for French magazines and newspapers, including “Le Rire”, “Fantasio”, “Le Figaro”. Here are 25 best pictures from “Le Figaro” only: actors, actresses, singers, dancers in various plays, operas and ballets. Pictures are ranged by publication date.

It was difficult to make a choice because de Losques had created hundreds of excellent caricatures. If you want see them all, “Le Figaro” issues are here (de Losques pictures are mostly in 1905-1914 issues and one or two were published in 1904).

1905-10-17

Daniel de Losques. A la Comédie-Française – Don Quichotte (Leloir, Brunot). Published in Le Figaro (17 Oct. 1905)

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Daniel de Losques. Au Théatre-Royal – Le Trait d’Union (Sylviac, Lantelme, Gerard). Published in Le Figaro (8 Apr. 1906)

1908-02-13lantelme

Daniel de Losques. A la Comédie-Royale – Pour être heureux (Lantelme, Huguenet). Published in Le Figaro (13 Feb. 1908)

1908-06-12

Daniel de Losques. A l’Opéra – Rigoletto (Caruso, Renaud) . Published in Le Figaro (12 Jun. 1908)

1909-05-20cleo

Daniel de Losques. Au théatre Michel – Le premier pas (Cléo de Meraude). Published in Le Figaro (20 May 1909)

1909-05-21karsavina nijinsky

Daniel de Losques. Au Chatelet – Le Festin. Danse de “L’oiseau de feu” (Karsavina, Nijinsky) . Published in Le Figaro (21 May 1909)

1909-05-28chaliapine

Daniel de Losques. Au Chatelet – Ivan le Terrible (Chaliapine) . Published in Le Figaro (28 May 1909)

1909-11-14polaire

Daniel de Losques. Au Vaudeville – Maison de danses (Jean Dax, Polaire). Published in Le Figaro (14 Nov. 1909)

1910-02-15

Daniel de Losques. Au théatre Antoine – L’Ange gardien (Pierre Magnier, Mégard). Published in Le Figaro (15 Feb. 1910)

1910-10-27wolff

Daniel de Losques. A la Comédie-Française – Les Marionnettes (Pierre Wolff, Grand, Piérat). Published in Le Figaro (27 Oct. 1910)

1910-12-09badet

Daniel de Losques. Au théatre Antoine – La femme et le pantin (Régina Badet). Published in Le Figaro (9 Dec. 1910)

1910-12-31

Daniel de Losques. A l’Opéra – Le Miracle (Chenal, Muratore). Published in Le Figaro (31 Dec. 1910)

1911-01-31

Daniel de Losques. Au théatre des Arts – Nabuchodonosor (de Max). Published in Le Figaro (31 Jan. 1911)

1911-06-11cavalieri

Daniel de Losques. A l’Opéra – Sibéria (Lina Cavalieri) . Published in Le Figaro (11 Jun. 1911)

1911-10-14

Daniel de Losques. Au Palais-Royal – Le petit café (Madeleine Dolley, Marguerite Lavigne). Published in Le Figaro (14 Oct. 1911)

1912-02-29badet

Daniel de Losques. Au Capucines – Sapphô (Régina Badet). Published in Le Figaro (29 Feb. 1912)

1912-03-19bel ami

Daniel de Losques. Au Vaudeville – Bel Ami (Jean Dax, Sergine, Dolley, Dorziat, Clarens). Published in Le Figaro (19 Mar. 1912)

1912-04-21

Daniel de Losques. A l’Odéon – L’honneur japonais (Joubé) . Published in Le Figaro (21 Apr. 1912)

1912-05-04

Daniel de Losques. A la Porte-Saint-Martin – La crise (Huguenet, Jane Hading) . Published in Le Figaro (4 May 1912)

1912-05-11chaliapine

Daniel de Losques. A l’Opéra – Mefistofle (Chaliapine). Published in Le Figaro (11 May 1912)

1912-05-30nij

Daniel de Losques. Au Chatelet (Saison Russe) – L’après-midi d’un Faune (Nijinsky). Published in Le Figaro (30 May 1912)

1912-11-19lavall

Daniel de Losques. Aux Variétés – L’habit vert (Samuel, Guy, Prince, Max Dearly, Granier, Brasseur, Eve Lavallière). Published in Le Figaro (19 Nov. 1912)

1913-01-11

Daniel de Losques. A l’Aténée – La main mystérieuse (Augustine Leriche). Published in Le Figaro (11 Jan. 1913)

1913-10-25deval

Daniel de Losques. A la Comédie-Royale – Le Petit sac (Marguerite Deval). Published in Le Figaro (25 Oct. 1913)

1914-01-25

Daniel de Losques. Aux Variétés – Les Merveilleuses (Brasseur, Guy). Published in Le Figaro (25 Jan. 1914)

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Sem

Paris stars of la Belle Epoque by Sem.

Sem Cleo

Sem. Cleo de Merode (Mais non, Mademoiselle, ce n’est pas LUI! – No, miss, it’s not HIM! – HIM is a hint at the king Leopold, Cleo’s lover.)

Sem Liane de Pougy

Sem. Liane de Pougy

Sem Otero

Sem. Otero (on the right)

Sem Tangoville Lavalliere

Sem. A page from his book “Tangoville”, with Eve Lavalliere on the left.

Sem Le Turf

Sem. A page from his book “Le Turf”.

And a bonus:

Sem Chanel 5

Sem. An ad for Chanel N°5.

2 pictures by Sem

Lantelme Lender Lavalliere Edwards by Sem

French actresses Lantelme, Lender and Lavallière with Alfred Edwards. Picture by Sem. Many thanks to Yann for this scan!

Text from “Illustration” about this picture (OCR and spell-check by me):

LA DERNIÈRE « SENSATION » PARISIENNE

L’avant-scène côté jardin à la répétition générale de « la Petite Chocolatière », au théâtre de la Renaissance.

L’événement parisien dont le dessinateur Sem nous donne ici une image caricaturale mais fidèle a été relaté par les soiristes des grands journaux du matin, le 23 octobre, à peu prés en ces termes :

« C’est, trônant au milieu, Mlle Marcele Lender en toilette de grand gala ; à sa gauche, Mlle Lavallière, coiffée d’un véritable turban en drap d’or, surmonté d’une aigrette de rajah. On dirait un gentil petit Bajazet d’opérette… Mais soudain une clameur d’étonnement et de curiosité s’élève. Quel chapeau! Le roi, l’empereur, le géant le Goliath des chapeaux! Un énorme feutre vieil or orné d une plume assortie, et retroussé avec un chic incontestable, stupéfiant défi aux ordonnances nouvelles concernant les chapeaux de théâtre, remplit l’avant-scène, la submerge et déborde sur la salle… qui elle-même déborde de joie! Qui donc s’abrite sous ce somptueux parasol ? Mlle Lantelme! derrière laquelle se dresse la haute et massive silhouette de son mari, M. Alfred Edwards, fondateur du Matin,comman­ditare et directeur de théâtres à ses moments perdus…»

“Les Soiristes”

And another picture by Sem representing Lantelme in a play “Le Costaud des Epinettes” (Comoedia newspaper, April 1910):

Lantelme by Sem Comoedia April 1910-2

Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC

Ad series “Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC” (“All Paris stars in UNIC cars”) was issued as postcards circa 1908. These funny pictures were created by famous Daniel de Losques (you could see his drawings on my blog, for instance here or here or in this post). De Losques used a cars theme as an occasion to show most famous persons of La Belle Epoque, though I have to say that now, a century later, I couldn’t recognize them all 🙂

I’ve found 8 postcards, but I’m not sure it’s all the series because these postcards are rare. All pictures were found via google.

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“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Retour de chasse presidentielle.

I’ve recognized tsar Nicolas (second from left), first from left is king Edward VII (?).

unic politiques

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Politiques.

unic la comedie francaise

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. La Comédie Française

A lady with an umbrella must be Réjane and an actress in the center is Louise Balthy (?).

unic acteurs tragiques

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Acteurs tragiques.

unic acteurs comiques

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Acteurs comiques.

Standing in the center is an actor Max Dearly.

unic auteurs

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Auteurs.

I think the lady on the picture is actress Marcelle Lender.

unic les rats de l opera

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Les Rats de l’Opéra

unic journalistes

“Tout Paris dans les voitures UNIC”. Par de Losques. Journalistes.

I’d like to say that a lady on the picture is Lantelme 🙂 but she looks more like Eve Lavallière.

The author of these funny pictures Daniel de Losques died a hero during I World War, in an air fight. He was only 35 years old (info found here).

scans of Eve Lavallière

2 scans of Eve Lavallière, from “Le Théatre”

Lavalliere theatre 106 1903

Eve Lavallière as princesse Mitzy in “Le sire de Vergy”, 1903 (scan from issue # 103)

Lavalliere le theatre 99 1903

Eve Lavallière as Cupidon, 1903 (scan from issue # 96)

Eve Lavalliere by Helleu and Domergue

Till now I’ve seen only one picture by Helleu, portraying Eve Lavallière. Here’s another one, from Angelica Fuselli book:

Eve Lavalliere by Helleu from Angelica Fuselli book2

Helleu. Eve Lavallière (circa 1909).

And here’s a b/w photo of the portrait of Eve by Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1916):

Lavalliere by Domergue

Usually paintings by Domergue are much more pin-up 🙂 like these:

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Images found via google and on this blog, where you can also see pictures of Eve’s home before she devoted herself to the religion.

Lavallière and Lantelme

Eve Lavallière and Geneviève Lantelme both starred in Le Roi (The King), a comedy that was one of greatest successes of French stage. Lavallière was the first actress to perform Marthe Bourdier in 1908, and Lantelme succeeded her few months later.

It’s interesting to see that both actresses wear the same dresses, but Lantelme added some personal details.

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Eve Lavallière as Marthe Bourdier, scan from Le Theatre # 228 (1908).

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Lantelme as Marthe Bourdier on the cover of Le Theatre # 238 (1908). It’s the same dress, but a wonderful cape is added (possibly designed by Madeleine Vionnet?)

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Eve Lavallière again…

Lantelme Le roi postcard

…and Lantelme.

Lavalliere Brasseur le theatre 228 juin 1908

Lavallière and Brasseur on the cover of Le Theatre # 228, drawing by de Losques.

Dearly Le Theatre 228

Max Dearly as Blond (parody of Sherlock Holmes in Le Roi). Drawing by de Losques from the same issue.

And a little bonus: I was surprised to see in such serious magazine as Le Theatre photos of puppets parodying powerful Paris theatre producers.

Directeurs theatres Le Theatre 201 mai 1907

Caption: 1. Michau, directeur des Nouveautés. 2. Grisier, directeur de l’Ambigu. 3. Porel, directeur du Vaudeville. 4. Guitry, directeur de la Renaissance. 5. Samuel, directeur des Variétés (this one was Eve Lavallière’s husband). 6. Gailhard, directeur de l’Opéra. 7. Carré, directeur de l’Opéra-Comique. 8. Franck, directeur du Gymnase. Scan from Le Theatre # 201, May 1907.

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