Facts about J. Grandville
J. J. Grandville Biography
J.J. Grandville was a French illustrator and lithographer known for his fantastical drawings and his satirical caricatures created during the reign of King Louis-Philippe.
Grandville made a name for himself in Paris early in his career, with the publication of Les Métamorphoses du jour (The Metamorphoses of the Day, 1829), seventy lithographs depicting human-animal hybrids.
The next year, 1830, brought Louis-Philippe to the throne, and for the next five years Grandville published cartoons critical of the king as a betrayer of liberal ideals.
Grandville issued prints between 1840 and 1842 of what’s known as Les Animaux, a series of captioned animal illustrations poking fun at society and government.
Les Animaux was a critical and popular success, but modern artists, especially Surrealists, were more inspired by Grandville’s bizarre Un Autre Monde, a collection of anamorphic and fanciful drawings.
Grandville died at the age of 43, possibly from a throat infection.
J.J. Grandville took his professional name from his paternal grandparents, who were actors known as “Gérard de Grandville.”