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18 March 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: Funny Faces

Why are there so many good French caricatures? I love the cartoon series Les Grandes Gueules (The Big Mouths), produced by designers Jean Mulatier, Patrice Ricord and Jean-Claude Morchoisne between 1970 and 1986. The cartoons were first published on the back cover of the magazine Pilote and then combined in the form of albums. But the caricatures by Raoul Cabrol from the 1910s and 1920s are maybe even better. But better decide for yourselves.

Chaplin cartoon, British 1910s
British card in the H. B. Series by "Entire British Production", London, ran 30.7.1917. Cartoon of Charlie Chaplin by AEI.

Lyda Borelli Calderara caricature
Italian postcard. Caricature of Lyda Borelli by C. Calderara. Looking at the outfit and the headgear, the drawing seems to refer to Borelli's first film Ma l'amor mio non muore/ Love Everlasting (1913).

Dina Galli caricature
Italian postcard. Caricature of Dina Galli by Girus (Giuseppe Russo). It was exposed in 1914 at the first international exhibition of caricatures and cartoons in Italy.

Mistinguett
French postcard. Caricature of Mistinguett by Raoul Cabrol. Collection: Marlène Pilaete.

Max Dearly by Cabrol
French postcard by Publications J.P., Paris, no. 7. Caricature of Max Dearly by Raoul Cabrol.

Gabriel Signoret by Cabrol
French postcard by Publications J.P., Paris, no. 311. Caricature of Gabriel Signoret by Raoul Cabrol.

Michel Simon
Photo with dedication. Caricature of Michel Simon by di Mitri. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Fernandel by Ricord
French postcard in the Les Grandes Gueules Series by Dervish International Publications, Paris, no. 105. Caricature of Fernandel as Don Camillo by Patrice Ricord.

Bourvil by Mulatier
French postcard in the Les Grandes Gueules Series by Dervish International Publications, Paris, no. 106. Caricature of Bourvil by Jean Mulatier.

Louis de Funès by Jean Mulatier
French postcard in the Les Grandes Gueules Series by Dervish International Publications, Paris, no. 102. Caricature of Louis de Funès by Jean Mulatier.

Jean-Paul Belmondo
French postcard by Editions et Impressions Combier, Mâcon in the Series Les geants du cinema, no. 1. Caricature of Jean-Paul Belmondo by Jean-Pierre Gillot.

Jean Gabin
French postcard by Editions et Impressions Combier, Mâcon, no. 3. Caricature of Jean Gabin by Jean-Pierre Gillot.

Ladies' hats are getting bigger and bigger
And an extra card. Ladies' hats were getting bigger and bigger in 1904, which would caused many problems in the early cinemas. Caricature by Reinitz, Paris. Austrian postcard sent from Brussels to Embourg par Chenee, Belgium, in 1913.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the The Best Hearts are Crunchy. You can visit her by clicking on the button below.



Sources: Wikipedia (French and English).

3 comments:

Beth Niquette said...

Paul! These are wonderful! I enjoyed each and every one of these funny faces. lol Thank you for bringing smiles to MY face! Happy Easter to you and your family, my Friend. And Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Bunched Undies said...

These are wonderful, Thanks for sharing them. Here's the site of an illustrator from my college. He works in a similar style.

http://billnelsonstudios.com

Paul van Yperen said...

Thanks for your comments! Liked Bill Nelson's ingenious site. Happy Easter to you both!