Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Known for his caricatures and other illustrations that appeared in Paris from 1895 until 1911, Henri Gustave Jossot was a painter and printmaker as well. He left France and settled in Tunisia in 1911, after which his paintings and drawings adoped an Orientalist style. Born in Dijon in 1866, he studied in Paris with Eugène Carrière (1849-1906) and Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). By the mid-1890s his biting drawings, attacking the establishment and the bourgeoisie, were appearing in journals such as L’Assiette au beurre, L Plume and Le Rire. Jossot’s lithograph La Vague (The Wave, Stein/Karshan 18) appeared in 1894 as part of the sixth album of André Marty’s (1857-?) famous L’Estampe originale (The Original Print), a set of 95 prints by 74 artists published in installments from 1893 through 1895. He produced illustrated books in 1896, 1897 and 1906. Jossot created several lithographed posters from1894 to 1903. He exhibited at major exhibitions in Paris, such as the Salon des Cent, the Salon d’Autonme and the Salon des Indépendants. A traveler, he spent extended periods in Tunisia in 1896 and 1904 and visited Brittany, Corsica and Switzerland as well. After moving to Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia in 1911, he converted to Islam in 1913 and changed his name to Abdul Karim. He continued to paint and draw, and showed his works in the Salon Tunisien for the rest of his life. He died in Tunisia in 1951. (TNB 8/2013). Selected bibliography: Bailly-Herzberg, Janine. Dictionnaire de l’estampe en France, 1830–1950, pp. 164. Paris: Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1985. Osterwalder, Marcus, ed. Dictionaire des illustrateurs (1800-1914). Paris: Éd. Hubschmid & Bouret, 1983. Stein, Donna M. and Donald H. Karshan. L'estampe originale, a Catalogue Raisonné. Exhibition catalog. New York: Museum of Graphic Art, 1970.