Poster for ‘Las Vie Parisienne’ – Georges Léonnec
Part of the life-affirming “culture of Paris” that we were just paying (against our will) for Hone Harawira to be sucking up – this 1922 cover by Léonnec for the magazine La Vie Parisienne harks back to the sense of life of late-nineteenth century European romantic culture and, specifically, the rambunctiously infectious operettas of Jacques Offenbach.
And frankly, if you’ve never seen one of Offenbach’s operettas, then you’ve never lived. I guarantee that if Hone sat through one, he’d be tickled pink.
Which would almost be worth the price of his ticket.