L’Assommoir Illustrations


La Loge des Boche
Wood engraving after Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1878

Marc at Free Literature found this article at Open Culture:
The Maligned Impressionist Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir Illustrates Emile Zola’s Gritty Novel L’Assommoir (1878)



Gervaise et Coupeau, l’ouvrier zingueur, mangeaient ensemble une prune à l’Assommoir
Wood engraving after Frédéric Regamey, 1878

One of the links in the article referenced above mentions there were a total of sixty-two illustrations. Only four were by Renoir. The others are from several different artists and a few are shown at Adventures in the Print Trade.


4 comments on “L’Assommoir Illustrations

  1. Jonathan says:

    Thanks for the pics and links Dagny. I’d love to have that book. Personally, I prefer the non-Renoir pics. How about you?

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    • Dagny says:

      I also prefer the non-Renoir pics. That last one of his, where Gervaise is with one of the men outdoors – what a great scene that would have been, but the picture just didn’t translate well. To be fair, I think the site said that they were taken from woodcuts or something.

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  2. Lisa Hill says:

    I’d love to have any pictures, but the only illustrated edition I’ve got of any of them is the Folio edition of Nana.

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    • Dagny says:

      The Illustrations do seem to be few and far between! Really the only set of illustrations we have here is from L’Argent. A member of the French Literature group, Horvallis, scanned them for us for her old edition.

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