Metamorphose, art by Draner (Petit Journal Pour Rire, 1904)
Métamorphose (Petit Journal Pour Rire, 1904)

Illustrator and caricaturist Draner was born Jules Renard in Liège as the son of a printer. He found employment with the Société des Zincs de la Vieille-Montagne, while he also produced cartoons for local magazines like Uylenspiegel. In 1861, he settled in Paris, where he began collaborations with magazines like Le Charivari, L'Éclipse, Paris-Comique, L'Illustration, Le Monde Illustré and Le Journal Pour Rire.

comic from Le Charivari, by Draner
Comment elles se Couchent (Le Charivari)

In 1879 he succeeded Cham as the author of the topical cartoon about Paris in Le Charivari. He was later succeeded himself by Henriot. Draner additionally designed theatre costumes, among others for the plays of Jacques Offenbach. He was specialized in military caricatures.

Le Petit Journal Pour Rire, art by Draner
Le Petit Journal Pour Rire (1902)

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