Georges Villa was a designer, cartoonist, engraver, lithographer and illustrator. He studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was an excellent portraitist, why he was invited to Russia by the Grand Duke Vladimir, uncle of Tsar Nicolas II. In 1908 he took part in a Russian archaeological expedition to Egypt.
Back in France he began a new career as an illustrator doing mainly cartoons. He also illustrated books including works by Anatole France, Theophile Gautier, Edgar Allen Poe and Louys Pierre. In the 1920’s Villa was part of the Parisian Année Folles (Crazy Years) and became known for his caricatures and portraits as well as his erotic drawings using charcoal and pastel. Many of Villa’s outstanding illustrations can be found in limited edition collectors’ books, including 12 erotic lithographs to accompany the poetry of Edmond Haraucourt, Poemes hysteriques, an eroticized parody of the poems of Victor Hugo. Georges Villa cut his own copper and stone plates for his engravings. Villa illustrated 26 menus between 1925 and 1964 and painted a “masterpiece” Pierrot postcard for Wague in 1930.
He spent most of his life in Montmartre where he was a well-known portrait artist whose subjects included aviation, fencing, gastronomy and aristocratic ladies of the 18th century. Between 1944 and 1946 he did illustrations of Montmartre songs including Avec les lorettes, Mimi Pinson et Pierrot.
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