Le Tumulte Noir (The Black Craze) | Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio, 1925-27

Paul Colin, 1927

The jazz age had taken hold in Paris and with it, le tumulte noir, an intense fascination 
with black culture. African sculpture had inspired such artists as Henri Matisse and Pablo 
Picasso; African American ragtime and jazz stimulated avant-garde composers; dancers were 
captivated by the Cakewalk, the Black Bottom, and the Charleston. Many people perceived 
in non-Western art forms a "pure" and intuitive creative impulse, in contrast to the overrefined
artifice of white European culture. African American expatriates fleeing segregation at home 
were welcomed.
In 1927 Paul Colin published his portfolio Le Tumulte Noir, featuring forty-five lithographs 
with pochoir, or stenciled, color, in an edition of 500. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Josephine Baker / Danse Sauvage / Folies Bergère / Paris / 1926


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