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J.J. Grandville (1803-1847) is a famous caricaturist and illustrator from the Romantic era; an observer of human vice, socially committed journalist, illustrator of world literature and explorer of the paths of dreams and the fantastic all rolled into one. Crowned 'The King of Caricature' early in his career, he soon came to be seen as a creator of outrageously imaginary worlds. After being forgotten for a certain time, in the 20th century, Grandville was rediscovered by the Surrealists, who regarded him a precursor of their movement.
This book allows readers to discover the multiple facets of Grandville’s work: political caricatures, book illustrations (from Gulliver’s Travels to The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe) and paintings. His images gradually veered towards the hybrid, strange and monstrous. His figures – with animal heads grafted onto human bodies – acted as metaphors, revealing human nature.