[November 18, 2017
Nadar I: Revue Comique 1848 -1849
Before he became famous as a society photographer, a ballonist and a patron of the Impressionists, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon was known under his penname Nadar as one of the most inventive French cartoonists of the era. In the revolutionary year 1848 the republican activist started to work for the caricature journal “Le Charivari” of his friend Charles Philipon. Shortly afterwards he founded his own short-lived magazine “Revue comique”, where he campaigned against the presidential candidacy of Louis Napoléon, the nephew of Napoleon I. With his comic strip series “Mossieu Réac” Nadar politically reinterpreted the format of the funny picture story, which had a reactionary connotation by the examples of Rodolphe Töpffer and Cham.