(1860 – 1926)

Léon Hingre was a French painter, poster artist and illustrator born in 1860 in Birmingham, UK. His father was the animal sculptor Louis Théophile Hingre. Léon exhibited for the first time at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1879 where he presented a portrait of a woman. He was only 19 years old at the time. In addition to his important pictorial work, Léon Hingre produced numerous illustrations for postcards (children's scenes for "Chaussures Raoul" or anthropomorphic animals for the shop "Au Bon Marché") as well as for newspapers of the time (Le Petit Parisien). His Art Nouveau style posters (Pneu Vélo Michelin, ca 1908) are often inspired by Mucha (Maison Universelle).

Léon signed L.Hingre, Léo Hingre or Léon Hingre, always in a similar calligraphic style. His father always signed his name T. Hingre.

(thanks to Professor Pau Medrano Bigas of the University of Barcelona for his biographical information)

Brasserie du Cardinal (Fribourg)

circa 1910