Le Charivari

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Le Charivari:
head of the title page, 1833

Le Charivari ('noisy event'; the title is occasionally translated as 'Das Spektakel') was a satirical magazine that appeared from 1832 to 1937 in Paris .

The magazine

"Naked again this year ..., always naked" (1864)

Two years after the cartoonist Charles Philipon published the magazine La Caricature , Le Charivari first appeared in December 1832 . While La Caricature was printed on higher quality paper, had a larger number of pages and was more anti-monarchist in orientation, the new magazine with a higher circulation and less political subjects was intended to reduce the publisher's financial risk by being less censored. In Le Charivari , reviews , mockery pictures of well-known personalities and less explosive political caricatures than in the competition paper appeared on a total of four pages . After the ban on political caricatures in 1835, satires of everyday life were increasingly published. Nevertheless, due to the censorship and the associated fines, the owners changed several times. In 1864 Louis Adrien Huart took over the publication. The magazine appeared daily until 1926 and was then continued as a weekly until 1937.

On December 15, 1832, Le Charivari published a drawing by Honoré Daumier for the first time . In over forty years, around 3,900  lithographs and hundreds of wood engravings by this artist followed.

Art critic Louis Leroy wrote what is now the best-known article in the magazine for the April 25, 1874 issue: he titled his report on the first exhibition of the artists' association Société anonyme coopérative des artistes peintres, sculpteurs, engraveurs in the rooms of the photographer Nadar with L'Exposition des Impressionnist, derived from Claude Monet's picture Impression - Soleil levant . With this article, which reviled the artists and their painting style, Leroy succeeded in creating the word impressionism .

Employing artists

Victor Hugo (1849)

By lithographs , woodcuts and (after 1870) with Gillotagen were represented:

Text contributions have been published by:

Magazines with the same name


description french satirical magazine
language French
First edition 1957
attitude 1967
ISSN (print)

From 1838 to 1841 a Belgian edition appeared under the name Charivarie Belge , which was published and printed in Brussels . Le Charivari - Édition Belge followed in the 1850s . In addition to Honoré Daumier and others, Félicien Rops also contributed drawings for illustration in Belgium .

The magazine Punch appeared in London for the first time in 1841 , which was subtitled The London Charivari , alluding to the French model .

In addition, there was a Charivari de Lyon and a German edition, which, however, could not acquire any real significance.

From 1957 to 1967 there was a new attempt to establish a satirical magazine in France under the name Charivari .


Web links

Commons : Charivari  - collection of images, videos and audio files