source for all of the above - the expressions and attitudes - priceless
This week's Sunday Salon has gone away from my recent British trend - just a blip - and gone across the Channel to showcase the charming and witty and keen-eyed caricatures of the French Belle Epoque artist Andre Guillaume (1873 - 1942). I discovered his work only recently - it made me laugh and what could be better than that?
Not to be taken too seriously, though the talent is prodigious, these works by Guillaume are meant to prod and to tickle, but only in that oh so sophisticated French way. I don't think they're mean-spirited at all - at least not the ones I'm show-casing. And that's part of their charm. Besides, no one ever recognizes themselves in carticature. It's our nature to always think it's the other fellow being portrayed.
Guillaume created posters alongside Jules Cheret and Toulouse Lautrec and others, at the height of the Belle Epoque 'poster craze' which helped turn Parisian boulevards into galleries of public art. He also worked for all the top Parisian magazines and newspapers, creating satirical drawings which lampooned the lives of French high society.
To read more about Andre Guillaume, please use this link.
Albert Guillaume - source