Charles Huard (1874 – 1965) first made a name for himself through the illustrated journals of the end of the 19th century, such as Le Rire, Cocorico, Le Courrier Français, L’Assiette au Beurre and several other publications. For these journals he often drew caricatures of the ‘provincial Frenchmen’, most often of people from Normandy. Most of his prints are etchings, and are related to his passion for traveling. Through series such as Granville (124 prints), La Tamise au dessus de Londres (41 prints), Matins de Marseille (17 prints), Londres (16 prints), Paris (25 prints) and many other places, including New York, Berlin, Italy, Holland. One may should also remember him for a vast production of illustrations for Balzac, Flaubert, Maupassant and Renard. While certainly not the most memorable etcher of his time, when Huard gets it right, his compositions can be full of naïve charm, attractive light, and beautiful shading.
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