Gavarni Paul

Paris, France

13.01.1804 - 23.11.1866


Gavarni’s father Sulpice Chevalier was from a family line of coopers from Burgundy.[1] Paul began work as a mechanical worker in a machine factory but he saw that to make any progress in his profession, he had to be able to draw; accordingly in his spare time in the evenings, he took classes in drawing. He devoted his special attention to architectural and mechanical drawing and worked at land surveying and mapping which led to his obtaining a position with the Government Ordnance Department as a draughtsman.[2] It wasn’t until his early thirties that he turned his attention to his proper vocation as an artist.




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