Edouard Dujardin was a novelist, dramatist and poet.
He was a leading figure in Symbolist literary circles and his works are full of mystical symbolism. His novel Les lauriers sont coupés (1888), with its undiluted interior dialogue became a model for such writers as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. He was also proprietor of the Revue Indépendante (edited by Félix Fénéon) to which his friend Stéphane Mallarmé contributed theatrical notes.
JW drew a figure of a dancer on the cover of a November 1886 edition of the Revue Indépendante (see Dancer (M.1211)), possibly as a cover illustration. In 1888 he agreed to allow it to publish four of his pastels, Tillie: Study in Pink and Mauve (M.370), Note in flesh-colour gold - The Golden Blossom (M.402), Standing nude (M.955) and Parasol; red note (M.957) (#05179).
Edouard Dujardin Papers, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas.