René Georges Hermann-Paul
Born in Paris, Hermann-Paul studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs and at the Académie Julian where he was a student of Gustave Colin and Henri Lerolle. He was a painter of genre scenes, a printmaker, illustrator and draftsman. Hermann-Paul was a member of the Salon d’Automne and a professor at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He once exhibited with the Nabis, including Vuillard, Denis and Bonnard.
Hermann-Paul was perhaps best known for his albums of prints and among the most popular were “La Vie de Monsieur Quelconque” and “La Vie de Madame Quelconque”, two albums of ten black-and-white lithographs each, published in 1894 and 1895. In the late 19th century, he was one of a group of French artists who used both traditional printmaking processes and the new photomechanical relief printed imagery to disseminate their images as widely as possible. Among the other members of this group were Henri Rivière, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Vallotton and Théophile Steinlen.
Hermann-Paul’s illustrations appeared in some of the leading Parisian publications of the day, including “La Vie Parisienne”, “Le Canard Sauvage”, Le Courrier Européen”, L’Homme Libre” and “Le Rire”, among others. He illustrated books by François Villon, Gabriele d’Annunzio and Émile Zola, among others.