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Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1884), a composition by Alphonse Allais. It consists of nine blank measures and predates comparable works by John Cage ("4′33″") by a considerable margin.
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Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man (1884), a composition by Alphonse Allais. It consists of nine blank measures and predates comparable works by John Cage ("4′33″") by a considerable margin.
Negroes Fighting in a Tunnel at Night (1882) by Paul Bilhaud, here shown in the 1887 version appropriated by Alphonse Allais as published in Album primo-avrilesque (April fool-ish Album)
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Negroes Fighting in a Tunnel at Night (1882) by Paul Bilhaud, here shown in the 1887 version appropriated by Alphonse Allais as published in Album primo-avrilesque (April fool-ish Album)

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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"Album primo-avrilesque" (April Foolish Album)[1][2][3] is a portfolio of seven monochromatic images by French artist Alphonse Allais, published by Paul Ollendorf in 1897.

It was Paul Bilhaud who invented in 1882 the first "monochroïde": Combat de nègres pendant la nuit. Alphonse Allais generalized the concept.

List of plates

  • Récolte de la tomate par des cardinaux apoplectiques au bord de la mer Rouge (rouge) (1884)
    • Apoplectic Cardinals Harvesting Tomatoes on the Shore of the Red Sea (Study of the Aurora Borealis)[4], also translated as 'Tomatoes Harvested by Apoplectic Cardinals at the Edge of the Red Sea'
  • Stupeur de jeunes recrues de la Marine en apercevant pour la première fois la Méditerranée (bleu)
    • The Stupor of Young Recruits, on Perceiving for the First Time your Azure, o Mediterrenean!, also translated as 'Fear of Navy Recruits Seeing the Mediterranean for the First Time'
  • Des souteneurs, encore dans la force de l'âge, le ventre dans l'herbe, buvant de l'absinthe (vert)
    • Some Pimps, known as Green Backs, on their Bellies in the Grass, Drinking Absinthe, also translated as 'The Pimps, Still in the Prime of Life, Face Down in the Grass, Drinking Absinthe'
  • Première communion de jeunes filles chlorotiques par un temps de neige (blanc)(1883)[5]
    • First communion of chlorotic young girls in the snow, also translated as 'First Communion of Anaemic Young Girls in the Snow'
    • Title of an entirely white painting exhibited at Expositions des Arts Incohérents 1884-5 organised by Jules Lèvy.
    • chlorosis, a form on anemia. Also cf. the later "white paintings" by Robert Rauschenberg.
  • Combat de noirs dans un tunnel, la nuit (noir)
    • Negroes Fighting in a Tunnel by Night.
    • Title of an entirely black painting.
  • Manipulation de l'ocre par des cocus ictériques (jaune), 'Jaundiced Cuckolds Handling Ochre'
  • Bande de pochards poussiéreux dans le brouillard (gris), 'Band of Greyfriars in the Fog', also translated as 'Band Of Dusty Drunks In The Fog'

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