Artist: Charles Léandre French (1862-1934)
Title: Noël (Christmas)
issued by L'Estampe Moderne
Issue Number 4, August 1897.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone lower right.
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Charles Lucien Léandre French caricaturist and painter, was born at Champsecret (Orne), and studied painting under Blin and Cabanel. From 1887 he figured among the exhibitors of the Salon, where he showed numerous portraits and genre pictures, but his popular fame is due to his comic drawings and caricatures. The series of the "Gotha des souverains," published in Le Rire, and Leandre's other work like that seen in L'Assiette au Beurre placed him in the front rank of modern caricaturists.
Léandre produced admirable work in lithography, and designed many memorable posters, such as the "Yvette Guilbert." "Les nouveaux maries," "Joseph Prudhomme," "Les Lutteurs," and "La Femme au chien." In 1900, at the next Exposition Universelle, he was among the five lithographic artists selected to achieve two compositions on a selected theme. he received a gold medal at this contest. He was created a knight of the Legion of Honour.
In 1904, he created the Société des Peintres Humoristes. In 1921, he got the Medal of Honour of the Société des artistes français, in the engraving section, one of the more important honorary awards an artist could obtain in Paris. In 1925, Léandre was promoted an Officer of the Legion of Honour. He died in 1934 in his Caulaincourt street studio, in Montmartre. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.