Famous French Illustrators

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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Birthdate: November 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albi, France
Died: September 9, 1901
French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the most significant figures of the Post-Impressionist period. He was also an illustrator and poster painter, who was known for his colorful depictions of cabaret from Paris's Moulin Rouge. His painting The Laundress sold for US$22.4 million at a 2005 Christie’s auction.

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Christopher Tolkien
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Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 16, 2020

Christopher Tolkien was a French and English academic editor. The son of legendary author J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher edited much of his father's work, which was published after his father's demise. Christopher Tolkien is also credited with drawing the original maps in, The Lord of the Rings, one of his father's highly acclaimed novels.

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Édouard-Henri Avril
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Birthdate: May 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers [El Djazaïr], Algeria
Died: July 28, 1928

Before he revolutionized 19th-century erotica as Paul Avril, Édouard-Henri Avril was a soldier. An injury sustained in the Franco-Prussian War cut short his military life, and he was pushed into Paris sex salons to study art. His most notable works, such as the illustrations for Fanny Hill, were largely banned.

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Gustave Doré
(Artist Best Known for His Prolific Output of Wood-Engravings and Illustrated Texts)

Gustave Doré
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Birthdate: January 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: January 23, 1883

Best known for his wood-engraving, Gustave Doré was a child prodigy who began his artwork at the tender age of 5. A master lithographer and caricaturist, he began his career with Journal pour Rire. He also worked on commissions from authors such as Cervantes, Milton, and Dante.

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Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums')

Marjane Satrapi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

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Pierre Bonnard
(French Painter and Member of the Post-Impressionist Group of Avant-Garde Painters ‘Les Nabis’)

Pierre Bonnard
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Birthdate: October 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Died: January 23, 1947

French painter Pierre Bonnard was part of Les Nabis and later led the Intimists. Known for his love for bright colors, he painted a range of subjects, from domestic scenes to nudes, and could even paint from memory. Though a womanizer, Bonnard was married to his muse Marthe de Méligny.

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James Tissot
(Painter)

James Tissot
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Birthdate: October 15, 1836
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: August 8, 1902
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Erté
(Artist)

Erté
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Birthdate: November 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: April 21, 1990

Russian-French designer and artist Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erté, not just designed clothes but also created sets, costumes, and posters for opera and ballet performances. He had worked for Harper’s Bazaar and the Folies-Bergère, and had also penned quite a few books on design and illustration.

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Honoré Daumier
(Former Painter renowned for his cartoons and drawings satirizing 19th-century French politics and society)

Honoré Daumier
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Birthdate: February 26, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: February 10, 1879

Honoré Daumier is best remembered for his satirical cartoons on the French society and politics. Born to a glazier father in Marseille, he later began studying art under Alexandre Lenoir and developed a love for sculptures, too. He later made a fortune, working on commissions of lithographs.

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Jean de Brunhoff
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Birthdate: December 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 16, 1937

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Roland Topor
(Illustrator)

Roland Topor
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Birthdate: January 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 16, 1997

Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville
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Birthdate: September 13, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: March 17, 1847

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Karl Bodmer
(Painter)

Karl Bodmer
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Birthdate: February 11, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: October 30, 1893

Best known for his expedition to North America, accompanying explorer Prince Maximilian, artist Karl Bodmer created realistic illustrations of various North American natives for Maximilian’s book. Initially trained in art by his engraver uncle, he later became a major figure of the French Barbizon School of art.

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Albert Robida
(Illustrator)

Albert Robida
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Birthdate: May 14, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Compiègne, France
Died: October 11, 1926

Albert Robida was a French illustrator, lithographer, etcher, caricaturist, and novelist. The son of a carpenter, he initially trained to be a notary. However, he eventually chose to pursue a literary career. He wrote several futuristic novels and created over 500 illustrations for  Pierre Giffard's weekly serial La Guerre Infernale. He also published the La Caricature magazine. 

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Paul Gavarni
(Illustrator)

Paul Gavarni
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Birthdate: January 13, 1804
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 24, 1866

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Jean Charlot
(Painter)

Jean Charlot
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Birthdate: February 8, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 20, 1979

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Constantin Guys
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Birthdate: December 3, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Died: March 13, 1892

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Avigdor Arikha
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Birthdate: April 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Radauti, Romania
Died: April 29, 2010

Avigdor Arikha was a Romanian-born French–Israeli painter, draughtsman, and art historian. Born in Romania in 1929, he survived being deported to concentration camps and eventually fled to Palestine. Naturally gifted in drawing, he became a painter and printmaker. He gained fame as an art historian in his later years. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. 

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Henri Laurens
(Sculptor)

Henri Laurens
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Birthdate: February 18, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 5, 1954

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Claude Gillot
(Painter)

Claude Gillot
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Birthdate: April 28, 1673
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Langres, France
Died: May 4, 1722

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Lionel Koechlin
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Birthdate: June 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France