[Paul, Georges Hermann René]
(b Paris, Dec 27, 1864; d Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, June 23, 1940).
French illustrator, printmaker and painter. After briefly studying sciences to please his father, he entered the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and then studied painting under Henry Lerolle and Gustave Colin. He soon made a reputation through his lithographs and drawings for a number of journals. He worked in 1894 on the Courrier français and on Le Rire, in 1897 on Cri de Paris, in 1898 on the anarchist periodical La Feuille, in 1901 on Assiette au beurre, in 1904 on Temps nouveaux and in 1906 on La Guerre sociale. During the Dreyfus affair in 1899 he acquired some notoriety through his pro-Dreyfus drawings for Le Figaro.
From 1894 to 1931 Hermann-Paul illustrated a number of books, such as Laurent Tailhade’s Au pays du mufle (1894), Emile Zola’s L’Assommoir (1920), François Rabelais’s Gargantua (1921), Colette’s Mitsou and Henri de Montherlant’s Les Bestiaires (...