Georges Ferdinand Bigot  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Georges Ferdinand Bigot, born on 7 April 1860 in Paris, died on 10 October 1927 in Bièvres (Essonne, was French cartoonist, illustrator and artist. Although almost unknown in his native country, Bigot is famous in Japan for his satirical cartoons, which depict life in Meiji Japan.

At the age of twelve, Bigot was accepted by the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he was trained by artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme and Carolus-Duran. While in school, Bigot was introduced to Japanese art and he decided to move to the country. Bigot resided in Japan for twenty years and became known for his satirical depictions of life in nineteenth century Japan.

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