Auriol, Georges

1863 – 1938

Born Jean-Georges Huyot in France in 1863, Georges Auriol is known as a poet, songwriter, graphic artist and probably most famously as the designer of the typeface “Auriol” still used in the Paris Metro signage.

He was a denizen of the Montmartre nightclub “Le Chat Noir” where he contributed to the signature shadow theatre and designed the decorative covers for its magazine. His graphic design drew heavily from nature and Japanese art and was notable for its exquisite use of typography and monograms. His color lithographs are typically soft in color and charming in design.