These rare artworks are from Lucien Métivet (1863 – 1930)
Metivet was a French poster artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and author who achieved notoriety during the Belle Epoque. Best known for his 1893 poster of the chanteuse Eugénie Buffet, he was also a popular cover artist for the Parisian humor magazine Le Rire and a frequent contributor of cartoons and illustrations to it and other magazines. He illustrated books by a number of prominent authors of the time and wrote at least two books of his own. Métivet was “a master in caricature, humorous illustration and lithographic techniques” who became “one of the most prominent illustrators of the 19th century.