La Belle Epoque

Period comprised between the last decade of the XIX century and the beginning of the First World War in 1914. This era is characterized
by huge faith in science and progress as humankind benefactors.

Chocolat and Footit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Toulouse Lautrec
 
 
 
 
 
 

Toulouse Lautrec Biography

(1864-1901) - Talented painter, illustrator and placard designer, Toulouse was the son of one of the most prominent families of France. He was one of the most outstanding characters of the bohemian world of Paris during the "Belle Époque". Diligent attendant of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre brothels, one of the recurrent motives in his work is the circus. Tormented for his abnormally short legs he died due to a
life of excesses, especially alcohol.

Footit Biography

(1864-1921) - George Footit was a British horseman and acrobat. He became a clown after losing his horse playing cards. From 1889 to 1910 he constituted the "Chocolat" one of the best couples of "White face and Augustus," one traditional formula in the world of clowns: "White face" is the serious character that wishes to impose his authority at any price, his counterpart is the "Augustus," lazy and clumsy character that is abused by the "White face" however at the end the Augustus gets things his way for the enjoyment of the audience.

Chocolat Biography

(?-1917) - Rafael Padilla "Chocolat" was a Cuban orphan that worked as the servant of English clown Tony Grice, who discovered his innate comicality and hired him as his assistant. Rafael was a good comedian and a great dancer. From 1889 to 1910 he joined George Footit to form one of the best couples of "White face and Augustus," one traditional formula in the world of clowns: "White face" is the serious character that wishes to impose his authority at any price, his counterpart is the "Augustus," lazy and clumsy character that is abused by the "White face" however at the end the Augustus gets things
his way for the enjoyment of the audience.

 
 
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