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Saturday, May 21, 2016

SEM - Caricature Artist in France, turn of the 19th Century.

SEM (Georges Goursat) caricatures

Georges Goursat was born and raised in an upper-middle-class family from Perigueux.  The wealth inherited from his father at the age of 21 allowed him to sustain a gilded youth.

He had access to high society of France, who were mainly centered in Paris (entertainment, food, drink), and Monte Carlo (racing, betting). SEM, as he signed, produced these lithographs seen here below from our private collection. Some are framed and some are not.

Années Folles (1918–1934)

After the war, Goursat came back to the kind of caricatures that made him famous. In 1919, he published Le Grand Monde à l'envers (High Society upside down).]Around 1923, he published 3 almums under the general title of Le Nouveau Monde (The New World). In 1923, he was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur. In 1929, he was severely impoverished by the  economic crisis. After a heart attack in 1933,mhe died in 1934.


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