Friday, 17 October 2014

jean veber's enchanted grotesques

Queen Victoria and Mrs Kruger, illustration for the French satirical weekly L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
The return of Goya to his homeland, 1899.
Illustration for FĂ©lix Duquesnel's Tales of a thousand and two nights.
The Spider (anyone know more?)
Glory Face, First World War illustration.

Jean Veber (1864-1928) trained as a painter before becoming a popular political cartoonist, notoriously capturing Edward VII's face on the bottom of Britannia during the Boer war. But his work also included illustrating fairytales, Marcel Schwob's Mimes (the text of which was recently revived in a great crowd-sourced translation by Asymptote) and a series of quietly mordant drawings from the trenches of the First World War. 

I like his theatre drawings too - I'd like to see more.

Browse Les Vebers, Les Vebers, Les Vebers, an illustrated satire from 1895 by Jean and his brother Pierre.