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Antique Grandville French Postcard and Three Grandville Character Watercolors Goat Beetles and Rose
The Rose Queen postcard, surrounded by beetles, is signed by the artist J.J. Grandville at the left just above where the sender noted the date: May 6, 1905. Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847) was generally known by his pseudonyms of Jean-Jacques or J. J. Grandville (his grandparents' professional stage name). He was a prolific French caricaturist and satirist. "The work which first established his fame was Les Métamorphoses du Jour (1828–29), a series of seventy scenes in which individuals with the bodies of men and faces of animals are made to play a human comedy. These drawings are remarkable for the extraordinary skill with which human characteristics are represented in animal facial features." (Thanks to Wikipedia for this information.) The latter can also be said of his other very famous and highly collectible art from Les Fleurs Animées, which this Queen Rose is a part of, offered by the French independent political newspaper L'Eclair. If you would love to collect more of Grandville's metamorphosed characters, let me know! I'm happy to help you build your collection. Now, personally, I'm just as impressed, in fact more so, by the unsigned illustrations that some aspiring artist made, copying Grandville's designs! Here are three of them: two on light ecru paper and one on a bolder cream white. I've included scans as well as photos taken by natural window light. All items are typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. The original postcard is torn at the top right quadrant. The artist's cards show some wear, as to be expected for something more than 100 years old.
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