Grandville Greeting Cards
Anthropomorphizing in the service of satire.
Genius and madness go hand in hand, as the saying goes. In the case of the French draughtsman and cartoonist Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard; 1803–1847) one must think a little smaller in scale. He was also not exactly a happy man. He died in mental confusion after living through too many strokes of bad fortune. In spite of that Grandville was incredibly industrious, leaving behind approximately 3,000 drawings. He employed the technique of anthropomorphization in order to satirically depict and expose the characters and political relationships of the time in France during the Restoration and the July Monarchy, without running afoul of the censor. Grandville‘s fantastic and fanciful illustrations also characterize the "Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux" (1842; in English "Pictures From the Official and Family Lives of the Animals "). Our greeting cards use some of the drawings from this double volume, reinterpreting and adapting them to fit in the circular imprint.
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