comic art by Alphonse Levy

Alphonse Lévy was an illustrator, painter and cartoonist, who is famous for his illustrations for and about the Jewish community. Born in Marmoutier, Lévy eventually settled in Paris, where he worked at the atelier of academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Starting in 1865, he worked as a comical illustrator for magazines like La Lune (a satirical magazine against the regime of Napoleon III), La Rue, La Chronique Illustrée, L'Eclipse, Le Journal Amusant, La Caricature and Le Rire.

During the Franco-Prussian war, Lévey satirized both camps in his cartoons for Le Journal Amusant, Le Boulevardier, and Le Petit Journal Pour Rire, which he signed with Saïd around this time. In the early 20th century, he started working on his series of lithographs about Jewish life in the Alsace area. Lévy produced a series of comics for L'Illustré National between 1900 and 1902. Lévy's next comics work appeared in L'Épatant in 1915, 'Les Excentricités de Courbouillon'. Alphonse Lévy passed away in Alger in 1918.

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