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Cocorico covers

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Alphonse Mucha.

For a while now I’ve been waiting for several French journals of the fin de siècle to turn up online but humour magazine Cocorico has never been among them. I knew that Alphonse Mucha had contributed a handful of covers and some other graphics to Cocorico, notably the frontispiece (below) which ran in every issue. What I didn’t realise was that this title was effectively the French counterpart to Jugend magazine which had been running for two years when the first issue of Cocorico appeared in December 1898. Both magazines share the same mix of humorous articles, cartoons, serious art pieces and poetry, all connected by some very fine Art Nouveau graphics.

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Alphonse Mucha.

Jugend has the edge when it comes to the graphics, some of which are very strange, but Cocorico looks much more like a humour magazine to contemporary eyes, with many cartoons that resemble those drawn today. Cocorico is also mostly free of the Jugend brand of satire which is often little more than nationalist rabble-rousing. Cocorico ran for 63 issues to 1902 by which time its format had changed and the florid graphics had been abandoned for a more sober layout. What follows is a selection of cover designs, many of which are Mucha’s work, and all of which follow the Jugend template of varying the art style and title design. There’s also one by František Kupka (or François as he was credited here) who also contributed interior illustrations in the later issues. There’ll be more about him tomorrow.

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Alphonse Mucha.

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Georges de Feure.

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Victor Mignot.

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Louis Popineau.

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Alphonse Mucha.

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Victor Mignot.

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Alphonse Mucha.

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Giorgio Kienerk.

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Alphonse Mucha.

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Frantisek Kupka.

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Louis Popineau.

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Henri Gustave Jossot.

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Georges de Feure.

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Alphonse Mucha.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Alphonse Mucha record covers
Combinaisons Ornementales
Mucha’s Zodiac

 


 

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