Georges Wague , Mime performer and teacher, actor, professor, prominent member of the Cornet Society, born in Paris on January 15, 1875; died in Menton, Cote d’Azur on April 17, 1965.
Georges Wague’s mime performances (at theatres and salons all over Paris, including the Opera, and in the French provinces) are too numerous to list here, but some of the more famous include: The Chrysanthemum Doll (La Poupee aux Chrysanthemes),The Flesh (La Chair), the role of the Father Pierrot in The Prodigal Son (L’Enfant Prodigue) and Debureau in Estelle’s Romance (Le Roman d’Estelle).
Georges Wague was also renowned as a teacher, both privately in his rue Pigalle studio and as professor of mime at the National Conservatory of Music and Declamation.
Georges Wague is a unique figure, in that his career in the dramatic arts spanned so many different eras, and his genius encompassed everything from the traditional white mime to the brand-new art of the silent cinema.
Wague was a revered member of the Cornet Society for more than 50 years. He assembled, indexed and annotated the first 300 illustrations to commemorate the 300th meeting of the Cornet on January 25, 1933. Many of the illustrations include original sketches of Wague as Pierrot, with affectionate salutations from various artists/illustrators.
The collection was passed on to Alice Tully who studied with Wague in Paris in the 1920s. it was later sold at auction as part of the Tully estate.