Category 1800 – 1925

Will Eisner (1917 – 2005)

William Erwin Eisner was an American cartoonist, writer and teacher of Austrian descent. Eisner’s father Samuel Eisner was born in Kolomyia, Austria-Hungary. Aspiring to be an artist he painted murals in Vienna. Before the outbreak of the First World War,… Continue Reading →

Georges Rémi (Hergé) (1907 – 1983)

Georges Rémi (famous as Hergé) was a Belgian cartoonist: creator of “The  Adventures of Tintin and Snowy”. He was born in Etterbeek a central suburb of Brussels. His Walloon father, Alexis Remi, worked in a confectionery factory, his mother Elisabeth Dufour… Continue Reading →

Vladimir Mayakowsky (1893 – 1930)

Vladimir Mayakovsky is famous as a Russian poet, honoured as the poet of the Russian Revolution and an inspiring example of a poetical style of life with all he did undertake. But he was also a cartoonist and creator of… Continue Reading →

George Herriman (1880 – 1944)

George Joseph Herriman came from a line of French-speaking Louisiana Creole mulattoes who were reportedly active in the early abolitionist movement. When he was 20, Herriman sneaked aboard a freight train bound for New York City, hoping his chances as… Continue Reading →

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940)

In 1901 Klee wrote in his diary in Rome: “I have now an overview of the culture of the Antiquity and her Renaissance. But I can’t imagine an adequate artistic viewpoint regarding our own time. That makes me desperate. With… Continue Reading →

Grace Dayton (1877 – 1936)

Grace Drayton was one of the first and most successful female cartoonists. Grace Gebbie, her maiden name, was born in Philadelphia in 1877, as the daughter of an art publisher. In 1900, still in her early twenties, she married Theodore… Continue Reading →

Albert Hahn (1877 – 1918)

Albert Hahn was a Dutch political cartoonist, poster artist and book cover designer. He was born in Groningen where his father painted signs and glass and made frames. At the age of nine, he developed tuberculosis in his vertebrae and… Continue Reading →

Rose O’Neill (1874 – 1944)

EARLY LIFE O’Neill was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, of Irish immigrated parents. When she was three years old her family relocated to rural Nebraska, where she spent her early life. From early childhood she expressed significant interest in the arts,… Continue Reading →

Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956)

Lyonel Feininger was the son of the German-American composer Karl Feininger and the American singer Elizabeth Feininger, and he grew up in New York City. In 1888 he moved to Berlin to study at the Royal Academy of Berlin. Being… Continue Reading →

Louis Raemakers (1869 – 1956)

Louis Raemakers was born in Roermond in the Netherlands. Louis’ father published a weekly journal called De Volksvriend (Friend of the People) and was an influential man in liberal circles. His mother was of German descent. He was trained –… Continue Reading →

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