These are always wonderful to find, and this one in particular is in exceptional condition and beautifully framed. Signed by the artist, C.1920, from Paris. Scroll down for details on this well-known French humourist.
Georges Goursat was born and raised in an upper-middle-class family from Périgueux. The wealth inherited from his father at the age of 21 allowed him to sustain a carefree and gilded youth.
In 1888 he self-published in Périgueux his first three albums of caricatures, signing some as “SEM”, allegedly as a tribute to Amédée de Noé, who signed his caricatures for Le Monde illustré as “Cham”.
In 1891, he designed two posters printed in the workshop of Jules Chéret. He published his first caricatures of artists in L’Illustration (Albert Brasseur and Le Rire (Paulus, Polin and Yvette Guilbert
From 1898 to 1900, he lived in Marseille. During this stay, he met Jean Lorrain, who convinced him to live in Paris.
Goursat arrived in Paris in March 1900, at the time of the opening of the Universal Exposition.
He picked horse races as his way of entry in high society. In June, three months after his arrival, he self-published a new album, Le Turf, with caricatures of many prominent Parisian socialites (Marquess Boni de Castellane, Prince Trubetskoy, Count Clermont-Tonnerre, Baron Alphonse and Gustave de Rothschild, Polaire).
The success of this album made him famous overnight. In October of the same year, he published another album, Paris-Trouville, with the same success. Nine others followed until 1913.
In 1904, Goursat received the Légion d’honneur. In 1909, he exhibited with the painter Auguste Roubille, first in Paris, then in Monte Carlo and London. a diorama, composed of hundreds of wooden figurines “of all the merely Paris celebrities”.
After the war, Goursat came back to the kind of caricatures that made him famous. In 1919, he published Le Grand Monde à l’envers (High Society upside down). Around 1923, he published 3 almums under the general title of Le Nouveau Monde (The New World). In 1923, he was made an officer of the Légion d’honneur. In 1929, he was severely impoverished by the economic crisis. After a heart attack in 1933,he died in 1934.
This particular piece is unusual with addition of the white, and in a giltwood frame.
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17.5″ Wide x 24″ Tall.
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