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Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard) (1803 - 1847) - Les Métamorphoses du jour (1828–29) Plate XXXIX
Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard was born in Nancy on September 15, 1803 and died March 17, 1847, in Vanves near Paris. His adopted artist's name was Grandville, and as Grandville he is widely known among the lovers of caricatures and pointed political sarcasm.
Grandville created several hand-colored lithographic books to satirize the bourgeois middle class of Parisian society in the Romantic period. His best, and today the rarest, is Les metamorphoses du jour published in 1829.
His way of drawing the characters with the heads of animals and bodies of people allowed for the fine line of irony. Was he exposing people for the beasts he felt they really are? The preface comments that the artist was able to encompass "both the living picture of social manners and the satire of institutions and prejudices. Truth can circulate with impunity under the very eyes of the men it attacks."
Condition: Prints have normal age toning, and light browning along margin edges.
Size: Page Size: 16 x 26 cm ( 6.3 x 10.2 ")
Age: 1828 - 1829.
Medium: Hand-Colored Lithography.
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