What is it about bananas?

josephine bakerPaul Colin was a Junerian. He was born on 27th  June 1892 in Nancy, France –  and died on 18th June 1985 in Nogent-sur-Marne, 8 days before his 93rd birthday.

Colin was a famous French theater set, costume and poster artist. His most famous piece-de-resistence was his 1925 Art déco poster “Le Tumulte Noir, which helped to launch the career of Josephine Baker, (who later became his mistress).

A student of Eugène Vallin and of Victor Prouvé, he is considered a master of the modern school of poster art.  Le Tumulte Noir is part of the Victoria & Albert Museum collection in London.

In the old ‘concert hall’ tradition, if we all sang along to: “Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today...” the likes of Josephine Baker’s costume would be barely there!

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