Batterie des Hommes sans Peur
'Batterie des Hommes sans Peur'.

Emmanuel Poiré, the grandson of a Napoleontine officer stationed in Russia, was born in Moscow. In 1877, he moved to France and became a military officer. He published his first drawings in Le Chronique Parisienne in 1880, specializing in military caricatures. He used the pseudonym Caran d'Ache, which comes from "karandash", the Russian word for pencil.

Le Chasseur Sensitive, by Caran d'Ache 1898
'Le Chasseur Sensitive' ("The Sensitive Hunter"), 1898.

Caran d'Ache worked for Chat Noir, Figaro, Fliegende Blätter and Le Rire. In 1898, he founded the magazine Pssst...! His album 'Carnet de Chèques' was directed against the scandal in Panama. In 1902, he dedicated a whole edition of L'Assiette au Beurre to the Légion d'Honneur. His graphic novel 'Maestro' remained unpublished until 1999.

comic art by Caran d'Ache
Comic art by Caran d'Ache. 

Caran d'Ache photograph by Nadar, 1860
Caran d'Ache photographed by Nadar in 1860.

'Maestro' review

Series and books by Caran d'Ache you can order today:


If you want to help us continue and improve our ever- expanding database, we would appreciate your donation through Paypal.