The art of Henri Caruchet


Byblis (1901) by Pierre Louÿs.

Henri Caruchet isn’t in George Barbier’s league, never mind that of Alphonse Mucha whose graphic style Caruchet appropriated. I’ve not been able to find details about his life either, all that turns up is examples of his book illustration on various websites. Author Pierre Louÿs is notable for his erotic works but it’s Caruchet’s illustrations for Jean de Villiot (via this site) which travel the furthest in that direction (see below), including another example of that deviant sub-genre, the woman being mauled by an octopus. If Caruchet had been a better draughtsman his illustrations might not have languished for so long.

There’s more decorative illustration by Caruchet at with an edition of Théophile Gautier’s Émaux et Camées. Two of Gautier’s poems from that volume are quoted by Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Byblis (1901) by Pierre Louÿs.


Les Litanies de la Mer (1903) by Jean Richepin.


Parisienne et Peaux-Rouges (1904) by Jean de Villiot.


Parisienne et Peaux-Rouges (1904) by Jean de Villiot.


Parisienne et Peaux-Rouges (1904) by Jean de Villiot.

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