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J. Mundie
11-19-2007, 12:06 PM
I had been waiting to post this here until the issue was published, but now that volume 9 of James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway (http://www.shockedandamazed.com) is out, I can share this with you.

Ladies, and gentleman, for your viewing pleasure, I present a portrait of the unparalleled genius of the French stage: Joseph Pujol.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2007/54965-jgm-66.jpg

Who was Joseph Pujol, you ask?

Can it be that such a fin-de-siecle legend as the celebrated Pujol has been forgotten? What sad times we live in...

Okay, Jospeh Pujol was known on the stage of the Moulin Rouge and elsewhere as Le Pétomane. Why so? Well, he was basically able to do amazing pneumatic feats with his... er... rectum. Yes, he farted for a living -- but so artfully that he was also known as The Fartiste. Really. It's all true.

He played to sold-out houses for decades, and left them rolling in the aisles helpless with mirth. Honestly. You can read a bit more about it here (http://www.mundieart.com/jgm/drawing35.htm), or better yet -- buy a copy of Shocked and Amazed! (http://www.shockedandamazed.com)

Oh, and because I know you all enjoy a bit of a close-up, here's one for good measure:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2007/54965-jgm-66-detail.jpg

MonicaB
11-19-2007, 01:23 PM
James, I'm so glad you shared this with us. It's fantastic. I love the "pull my finger" reference. Too funny. . .

sassybird
11-19-2007, 01:44 PM
James, you did a wonderful job on this and thank you for the history lesson. Your values are great in this and the lettering is perfect for the subject.

Bluegill
11-19-2007, 01:51 PM
I'm amazed at your artistry. And a little shocked, too. :)

mudslinger
11-19-2007, 02:22 PM
boy, i'll bet he was a real gas at parties! :D

elaine321
11-19-2007, 04:46 PM
Well James, I think your artwork is brilliant but your subject, OMG!!
All I can think about is how on earth did he as a child discover that he could do such things!! He must have driven his family crazy while experiementing!!! lol.

objectivistartist
11-19-2007, 05:06 PM
Well done - hadn't heard anyone speak of him for many a year - nice to see Le Fartiste resurrected....:thumbsup:

J. Mundie
11-19-2007, 07:54 PM
Well James, I think your artwork is brilliant but your subject, OMG!!
All I can think about is how on earth did he as a child discover that he could do such things!! He must have driven his family crazy while experiementing!!! lol.

Supposedly, he was swimming in the sea when he experienced a sudden "intrusion" of cold water in his nether regions. One does wonder how he made the leap from "Yow!" to "Hey, I bet I could make a few francs off of this." :rolleyes:

mudslinger
11-19-2007, 07:58 PM
i wonder if he could do "flight of the bumblebee"...:D

seejay
11-19-2007, 08:13 PM
It's nice to see a true artist getting some recognition!:p

Nice image, interesting story. :thumbsup:

Cheers

objectivistartist
11-19-2007, 09:21 PM
"Hey, I bet I could make a few francs off of this."
Sign of a true entrepenour.....:thumbsup:

J. Mundie
11-19-2007, 10:08 PM
i wonder if he could do "flight of the bumblebee"...:D

Damn near. He was known to imitate various musical instruments, and there are stories of him tooting away at some tune while working the counter of his bakery. :music:

The highlight of his act was a comic song about the chanticleer (the wild French cockerel), in which he would imitate all the noises of barnyard animals. The last line of that song is what is written on the ribbon emanating from his posterior in my drawing: "Reward Chanticleer with your welcome applause." :clap:

valchina612
11-20-2007, 03:01 AM
Well done James, and a great history lesson to boot. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

mudslinger
11-20-2007, 06:52 AM
that is just awesome...too bad there wasn't video back then. his act sounds hilarious!
i was browsing through your gallery- outstanding! i like the old woodcut feel of your illustrations. how did you get into doing what you do? can you tell a little about your technique?

PVHooper
11-20-2007, 10:46 AM
lol, stunning stuff, oh and the drawing is great too

J. Mundie
11-20-2007, 08:02 PM
i was browsing through your gallery- outstanding! i like the old woodcut feel of your illustrations. how did you get into doing what you do? can you tell a little about your technique?

Thankee. I don't really have time at the moment to go into a lengthy discussion of my technique, but here's a link (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327772) to an earlier thread for a similar project that touches on it a bit.

More later,

Jim