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Edouard Henri Avril

Edouard Henri Avril

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28 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #12910
The French artist Édouard-Henri Avril made a name for himself above all as an illustrator of erotic and pornographic writings. However, he appeared in these cases under his pseudonym Paul Avril in appearance. Even today, the draftsman, born in Algiers on March 21, 1849, is the father of modern erotic literature.

Avril began his education between 1871 and 1873 with a degree at the College of Fine Arts in Marseille, then he studied since 1874 in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts. Four years later, he exhibited his paintings in numerous salons in the city. But the starting shot to his actual career was a commission to illustrate the novel Fortunio by Théophile Gautiers. These were followed by various other commitments: Avril designed from time to time works from the genre of the so-called gallant literature. His illustrations, however, were not intended for a mass audience, but they were aimed at a small circle of subscribers, which was not deterred by the price of these lovingly designed special editions. Among his better-known drawings are the illustrations in 'John Clelands Fanny Hill, The wife of Jules Michelets' or Mario Uchards 'reflections on love in the harem'.

In addition, Avril illustrated a variety of well-known novels and writings of his time, which had nothing to do with erotic literature. These include Gustave Flaubert's Salammbô, the writings of the French writer Octave Uzanne or - today acted as his main work - De Figuris Veneris by Friedrich Karl Froberg.

Not to be confused is the illustrator with the stage name Paul and his brother Paul-Victor Avril, who from time to time made etchings from his brother's illustrations. The artist finally died on July 28, 1928 in Le Raincy in France. © Meisterdrucke


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Ancient Times, plate XI from 'De...
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