Die Loge im Gaite Montparnasse (Paris)


Emil Orlik (1870-1932), Die Loge im Gaite Montparnasse (Paris), drypoint, etching and soft ground, 1911, signed and numbered in pencil lower right, for the portfolio Zuschauer und Zuhorer (Listening and Watching), in very good condition, on an orange chine colle paper, 5 x 7 1/2, the (backing) sheet 8 3/4 x 11 5/8.

A fine impression. Orlik captures the intense interest of each of these nine spectators, sitting and standing in the Loge at the Gaity in Montparnasse.

Orlik visited Paris often, getting to know artists including Vallotton, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro and Renoir.  And of course one of his great interests was the theatre where, like Renoir and Lautrec, he was fascinated both by the show and the audience watching it.

The definitive source of information on Orlik, with pictures of his prints (some for sale) and an extensive biography, is of course the wonderful website produced by the late Allan Wolman and Anne Schneider (orlikprints dot com).