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Rene Georges Hermann-Paul was born in Paris. He studied at the
École des Arts Décoratifs and at the Académie Julian where he was the
student of Henri Lerolle and Gustave Colin.
He soon made a name
for himself as a painter of genre scenes, printmaker, illustrator, and
draftsman. He was elected a member of the Salon d’Automne, and
became a professor at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.
He was known for his satirical drawings which poked mild fun at the
bourgeoisie. He kept his career as a painter quite separate from
his work as an illustrator, and his canvases owed a great deal to
Cézanne whom he greatly admired. He exhibited with the Nabis,
including Bonnard, Vuillard, and Denis.
Hermann-Paul was known
for his albums of prints. Among the best known were La Vie de
Monsieur Quelconque and La Vie de Madame Quelconque, two albums of ten
black and white lithographs each, published in 1894 and 1895. He
was one of a group of French artists in the late 19th century who used
both traditional printmaking processes and the new photomechanical
relief-printed imagery to disseminate their images as widely as
possible. The group included Théophile Steinlen, Henri Rivière,
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Félix
Hermann-Paul's illustrations appeared in the leading Parisian journals of the day, including L’Assiette
au beurre, Le Canard Sauvage, Candide, Le Courrier Européen, Le Courier
Français, Les droits de l’Homme, L’ Escarmouche, L’Homme Libre, La Vie
Parisienne, Le Rire, Le Figaro, and a number others. Among
the books he illustrated were works by Gabriele d’Annunzio, Émile Zola,
François Villon, Gustave Flaubert, and Rabelais.
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