Chemin de Croix en 50 Stations, by Jean Bernard-Aldebert

Jean Bernard-Aldebert was born in Saint-Etienne, and began his career as an illustrator for Le Pêle-Mêle in 1928. Later on, his caricatures appeared in Ric et Rac, Marianne and L'Os à Moelle. In 1939, he founded the satirical review La Dent de Lyon, which appeared until the War broke out. Bernard-Aldebert subsequently drew for Vaillance and Candide, before being arrested and deported to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in early 1944, because he had depicted Hitler as a chimpanzee in one of his caricatures for Ric et Rac. One of the few survivors, he captured his experiences during this ordeal in fifty drawings, which were collected in the album 'Chemin de Croix en 50 Stations' by the Arthème Fayard group in 1946.

Bernard-Aldebert picked up his illustrating activities again, and cooperated with L'Os Libre and Le Canard Enchaîné. He slowly left the satirical genre and began working in a more comical register for magazines like Pan, Paris Pin-up and Fou Rire. He also drew the horizontal comic strips 'Adonis' and 'Gigolette' for Ici Paris in the 1950s. He was also active as an illustrator for posters, postcards and advertisements.

Adonis by Jean Bernard-Aldebert
Adonis (around 1955)

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