- 36 1/4 x 26 3/4 inches (93 x 68 cm)
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The whimsical 1912 design for the Salon des Humorists is before-the-writing. In Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, a current show on Caricatures in Posters features the same poster, but with the writing:
Minimalism at its best.
A poster from the first film version of the legendary opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina. The story revolves around Bess, a woman with a disreputable history whom attempts to break free from her abusive lover to find shelter in one who will overlook her complicated past. It has been both praised as a bold attempt to exalt African American vernacular in the operatic canon, and pilloried as a patronizing caricature of black life in the early 20th century.
Et tu Brute?