About the Artist:
Gustave-Henri Jossot, also known as Abdul Karim, (1866-1951), was a French caricaturist, illustrator, poster designer, Orientalist painter, writer and thinker. He is mainly remembered for his work for the Paris humor and satire journal l’Assiette au beurre where much of his work lampooned the bourgeoisie.
His style as a caricature and cartoons references Cloisonnism and he traveled in Brittany and may have been influenced by the Pont-Aven school.
Jossot was branded an anarchist in France. Although he was never a militant, he was certainly an acid critic of the social and political systems of his time. He moved to Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia in 1911. There, Jossot changed his name to Abdul Karim and converted to Islam and Sufism. He spent the rest of his life in Tunisia, but continued to draw caricatures and to paint in the Orientalist style and to send his work back to publications in Paris. [DES-01/16]