French Banknote Artists
No country would be able to issue these beautiful notes without fantastic artists on staff and on commission to do the artwork. The primary appeal of the "French Banknote" is the design style, the allegorical figures, the local scenes, and the color. Leave the fine crosshatched engraving of many other countries aside (it is an art of its own), and view these French notes more as the watercolors, oil paintings, book illustrations, or lithographed posters that were the primary products of these French artists.
The biographical information provided here on the artists is compliments of Wikipedia.
Léon Georges Jean-Baptiste Carré (Granville June 23, 1878 - Algiers December 2, 1942) is an artist in the Orientalist style and an illustrator.
He was a student of Mathurin Mehut in Rennes, and in Paris of Léon Bonnat and Luc-Olivier Merson. He was a double Chenavard award winner. He exhibited at the French Salon des Artistes in 1900 at the Salon des Independents, and made his first trip to Algeria since 1905, in 1907, the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts since 1911, and the Salon d'Automne. He was the first holder and winner of the scholarship from the Villa Abd-el-Tif in 1909, and sets in Algiers. He worked in oil, gouache and pastel. He contributed in 1927 for the Transatlantic company the decoration of the liner "Ile de France", as well as many posters (including the Centennial Algeria in 1930), now found in the PLM Company.
In 1935, he had the honor of illustration for his Christmas special, with compositions for the story of Paul Wenz, The man who remained standing. He was married to the painter Ketty Carre (born Anne Marie Lederer) 1882-1964.
P.87 (Muszynski M.19b)
50 Francs, Ruins of El Djem Amphitheatre, Tunisia