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Friday, 22 January 2016

Paul Loves Janine. What An Idiot !

"Paul Loves Janine.
What An Idiot ! "
Artist: Francisque Poulbot.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Francisque Poulbot (6 February 1879, Saint-Denis – 16 September 1946, Paris) was a French affichiste (literally, "poster designer"), draughtsman and illustrator.

He was born into a family of teachers, with parents who were lecturers. Francisque Poulbot, the oldest of seven children, was a gifted draughtsman who shied away from The École des Beaux-Arts. Following 1900, his drawings started to appear in The Press. He moved to Montmartre, where, in February 1914, he married Léona Ondernard, before leaving for The Front; He was, however, sent back the following Year. During The First World War, his patriotic Posters and Postcards led him to House Arrest under The German Occupation of France during World War II.

Restaurant "Poulbot", rue Poulbot,
Montmartre, Paris, France.
Photographed by: Per Palmkvist Knudsen.
Date: 5 June 2005 (according to Exif data).
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Between 1920 and 1921, Poulbot became involved with the creation of The République de Montmartre, together with his friends Adolphe Willette, Jean-Louis Forain and Maurice Neumont. In 1923, he opened a Dispensary, on Rue Lepic, to help needy children of Montmartre.

He died in Paris on 16 September 1946 and is buried in Montmartre Cemetery.

Poulbot probably brought up his brother Paul's daughter, Paulette, known as Zozo, who lost her mother before she was three years old. She is often described as his adopted daughter. Paulette married the artist Jean Cheval, the son of Adrien Cheval, one of Poulbot's friends. Among other collaborations, there is a Postcard series by Poulbot and Cheval.

The French neologism, "poulbot", refers to illustrations representing Parisian "Titis" (Street Children). A perfect example is an illustration of Gavroche, the famous character from the novel, Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo.

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