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Collection of Lithographs by Paul Gavarni from Le Charivari


This wonderul series of lithographs were executed by Gavarni between 1838 and 1844 for the satirical magazine Le Charivari.


We are currently offering prints from the following series:

Les Enfants Terribles - On Line Collection

Paris le Soir
- On Line Collection

Les Lorettes - On Line Collection
(Completely Sold Out)

Fourberies des Femmes (not yet listed)

Vie de Jeune Homme (not yet listed)

Carnaval a Paris (not yet listed)


Additional Prints by Gavarni (Not from Charivari)


About Paul Gavarni

Gavarni was the pseudonym of Paul Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier (1804–66) a prolific French caricaturist and lithographer. One of the most popular artists of the 19th Century, Gavarni first became known for his amusing fashion drawings, which appeared in La Mode.

Gavarni led the classic bohemian lifestyle that he so often depicted in his work, drinking, dancing and socializing into the Paris night. He developed close friendships with many other leading artists and writers of his time including Honoré Balzac, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. His works were collected by Queen Victoria, as well as by Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh and influenced the work of the the American artist James McNeil Whistler. At one time he was known as the "most elegant man in France."

Gavarni's many-year collaboration with the popular magazine Le Charivari - to which Daumier and other caricaturists of the day also contributed - represented the pinnacle of his career. Working continuously from 1838 to 1844 he produced over 900 prints illustrating Parisian life with great wit, charm and satire.

But Gavarni also had a serious side. In 1847 he spent a year in London, turning his back on London high society which courted him, in favor of the impoverished milieus around Whitechapel whose residents he depicted in some of his best work.




Above: Plate 35 from the Series Les Enfants Terribles

Below: A Plate from Paris Le Soir


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