Born in Les Mureaux, the French illustrator Joseph Hémard illustrated classic authors like Balzac, Molière, Rabelais, La Fontaine and Voltaire, for publishers like René Kieffer and Mornay. He designed costumes and backgrounds for revues, but he also decorated restaurants and bars. He illustrated for pharmaceutical companies and the national lottery.
He was member of the Humoristes association, wrote plays for the Théâtre de Guignol and cooperated on the animation films of Lortac. His comics and picture stories appeared in among others Jeudi de la Jeunesse and Le Petit Journal Illustré de la Jeunesse. He wrote his autobiography in 1928 and passed away in Paris in 1961.