A true Parisian, Paul Gavarni
(1804 - 1866) was an astute observer and an acerbic caricaturist of
all aspects of the post-Napoleonic French society; close to the Goncourt brothers, praised by Balzac, Gavarni was quite the mondain; he actively took part in the rise of the press, and published regularly in the satirical journals, such as Charivari.
In the history of printmaking, he was only rivalled by Daumier in his early exploration of the possibilities of lithography, then a new medium, and produced over 2700 prints in his career.
(Projets de Bonheur)
Armelhaut & Bocher 2146
lithograph, n.d., an
exceedingly rare impression of this fine print, on chine appliqué paper
Gavarni here captures a Romantic bourgeois idyll, apparently conceived for an editorial project that was never published.