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Paul Gavarni – Paris Le Soir Plate 20 – “Commes ils se sont amuses

Paris Le Soir – Plate 20

Lithograph by Paul Gavarni printed on newsprint with text on reverse as published in Le Charivari circa 1840. Image of a theatre lover regretting his friends lack of appreciation for Moliere. The text reads:

“Commes ils se sont amuses .. avec le sot roman! au lieu de veinr avec moi a la Comedie Francaise, ils auraient vu Georges Dandin, les nigauds!”Rough Translation: “How they amused themselves with their silly novel…instead of coming with me to the Comedie Francaise… they could have seen Georges Dandin [a play by Moliere], the fools!”

Condition: Bright clear image. Light toning. light crease across center. Rough edges with a few small tears at margins (outside of image.)

Paul Gavarni
January 13, 1804 (Paris, France) - November 24, 1866

Gavarni was the pseudonym of Paul Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier (1804–66) a prolific French caricaturist and lithographer. One of the most popular artists of the 19th Century, Gavarni first became known for his amusing fashion drawings, which appeared in La Mode.

Gavarni led the classic bohemian lifestyle that he so often depicted in his work, drinking, dancing and socializing into the Paris night. He developed close friendships with many other leading artists and writers of his time including Honoré Balzac, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. His works were collected by Queen Victoria, as well as by Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh and influenced the work of the the American artist James McNeil Whistler. At one time he was known as the “most elegant man in France.”

Gavarni’s many-year collaboration with the popular magazine Le Charivari – to which Daumier and other caricaturists of the day also contributed – represented the pinnacle of his career. Working continuously from 1838 to 1844 he produced over 900 prints illustrating Parisian life with great wit, charm and satire.

But Gavarni also had a serious side. In 1847 he spent a year in London, turning his back on London high society which courted him, in favor of the impoverished milieus around Whitechapel whose residents he depicted in some of his best work.

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