Cartonists from “Liberte Cherie”, Fernand Hazan, Editor



Fernand Hazan, Editor of “Liberté Chérie.”

Wikipedia has a French entry for Hazan.   You can also follow the link for a transliteration.  In any case we find that he had a publishing house, briefly taken over by the German occupiers during WWII, which specialized in Art Books.

Additionally, from this link,  we find the following:

Fernand Hazan Editeur, SA publishes art and images books. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Vanves, France. Fernand Hazan Editeur, SA operates as a subsidiary of Hachette Livre SA.

Since this book dates from 1955, I will go with the Wikipedia discussion.

So, they publish art books.  However, this book consists of cartoons, my kind of art.

There are five cartoonists showcased in this book.

From the title page,


So the first cartoonist we will look at is Bosc.

Jean-Maurice Bosc photo

And while we are looking, we might as well take a look at the man himself.  Photo courtesy of his ‘official website.’  Actually, the photo is buried deep in that site.   As they say, “the solution of the problem is left to the student…”  Good hunting.

The European Cartoon Center has this to say about him.

Jean-Maurice Bosc was born in Nîmes in 1924. In 1952 he discovered a book of humor signed Mose. He then spent all summer drawing in secret, and after a merciless choice of the best pieces that threw on the pyre more than 200 drawings, he set off to Paris with 49 cartoons under the arm and 2 weeks of survival money in his pocket.

He is 28, never studied in art schools but he wants to succeed at all costs and the combination of his talent, the craving to live and testify are so strong that pretty soon he finds himself among the best.

I suggest you follow the above link for the complete discussion.

There is also an updated site from the same folks.

Bosc died 3 May 1973.

Oh, here is the link to the  ‘official’ Bosc website.

As usual, google has a page of his work.

Anyway, here are a few his cartoons from “Liberté Chérie.

Boss01 Boss02 Boss03 Boss04 Boss05 Boss06 Boss07 Boss08

He does seem to like marching men.

Next we come to Gérard Lauzier.

From the IMDB , we have the following:

Gérard Lauzier (1932–2008)

Writer | Director | Actor


Started as a commercial illustrator, before becoming a famous comic book author/artist in the seventies. He was well-known for his dark humour and pungent social satire, his most renowned work being the serie “Tranches de vie” (life slices). In the eighties, he gradually abandoned comics to concentrate on his work as a movie director and writer.


November 30, 1932 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France


December 6, 2008 (age 76) in Paris, France

Well, we are looking at his work from the late 40’s to 50’s, so that would have been way before his film career.

There is also a kind of facebook page,  not his, but of him.  Kind of.

As usual, Wikipedia has an entry.

Here is a photo of him, courtesy of google.

Gerad Lauzier photo

The following cartoons show a deceptively simple drawing style, but they are so good that no dialogue is needed.  No one is safe from his pen.

Gerand Lauzier01 Gerand Lauzier02 Gerand Lauzier03 Gerand Lauzier04 Gerand Lauzier05 Gerand Lauzier06 Gerand Lauzier07

Next we have Maurice Henry.  I did a search in google images for his name and came up with one photo, but it seems to be for another Henry.

Anyway, what do we know about him?

Google has many images,  and from the Librarie Loliee blog,  we have the following:

Maurice Henry : a surrealist air in cartoons

Maurice Henry (1907-1984) had many skills (poet, painter, filmmaker) but the one we are interested in is those of cartoonist. He publishdd more than 25 000 cartoons. One can fell in his satirical work the influence of Surrealism, movement he joined in  1933.

However, The Art Institute Chicago,  gives us the following:

 Maurice Henry, 1930-1960.

Jean-Jacques Pauvert Editeur, 1961.

Maurice Henry was not only a cartoonist but also a notable Painter, Poet, sculptor, playwright, and a member of the Surrealist art movement. Henry’s cartoons were included as integral parts of many of André Breton’s publications such as his post-war surrealist newspaper Néon. His ability to manipulate cartoon conventions in a manner that is in-line with the doctrines of surrealism is fascinating. His portrayal of the bland traditions of the art world, while sharply funny, is also truly sardonic.

I will say that the signatures on the cartoons on both sites are similar.  So, I do not know which one he was.  I think the first reference is the cartoonist in this book, but I am not certain.  So, we will just enjoy the cartoons.

MauriceHenry01 MauriceHenry02 MauriceHenry03 MauriceHenry04 MauriceHenry05 MauriceHenry06

For those of you who like me are language challenged, there is always google’s translateration service…☺

Next we have ‘Moïse Depond, who drew under the pen name of ‘Mose.’

A web site called Lambiek Comiclopedia,  gives us  his DOB as 17 October 1917, and DOD as 20 January 2003.

They also provide the following,

French gag cartoonist Moïse Depond, who used the pseudonym Mose, studied Fine Arts in Tours and published his first catoon in Regards in 1946. He specialized in dark humour and contributed to Bonjour Dimanche, L’Ecran Français, La Bataille, Oxygène, Le Rire and Le Progrès. He made posters, cabaret stage designs and many cartoons for television, such as ‘Animose’ and ‘Le Paradis de l’Enfer’. His comic strips include ‘Zano’ for L’Indépendant de l’Aube and Roméo for Paris-Journal and several local papers. He was a teacher at the University of Kyoto from 1992.

I wonder what possessed him to journey to Japan at the age of 75 to teach at the University of Kyoto?

Google of course has a bunch of his cartoons.

So, now we can look at some of his work from the book.

Mose01 Mose02 Mose03

I had to enlarge this to realize that the guy on the island was shaking his fist at the seaman who was harvesting his coconuts.


And on to Trez.

This site , the Cultura Inquieta-The Platform for Music and the Arts, has some cartoons, but as with almost all sites, not much information on the cartoonist.

Actually, most searches for ‘Trez’ will yield ‘T-Rex’ results.

However, a blog called, Peter’s Paris   made reference to wall art by Trez.

Trez Wall Painting

With the following description:

Here I have added another complete wall illustration by a famous French cartoonist, Trez (actually in one of the smaller sidestreets).

So, Trez, if he is our cartoonist, was alive and active in Paris fairly recently.

And, from The Handbook of French Popular Culture, published 1991 we have this information.

  “…a new generation of caricaturists, including those on the right of the political spectrum where less media-conscious artists, kike Pinatel, Chard, Hoviv, Aramis, or Trez, have their no less faithful public.”

I kept looking, and eventually  found a reference in Wikipedia that says Trez is a pseudonym for Alain Tredez.  Another site, evene,  backs that up.

In any case, here are some of the Trez cartoons from “Liberté Chére”.

Trez01 Trez02 Trez03 Trez04 Trez05

I am not certain where I got this book, but see that I have had it since at least 1986.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our stroll around Paris and environs.



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