André Jourcin – Trippy Alice


André Jourcin (1905 – 1974), was a French artist.

Is that ALL I can find about him? Yes. Yes, it is.
Jourcin’s Alice in Wonderland, or ‘Alice au pays des Merveilles’, came out in 1949. My copy, presented here is, is a slightly later print from 1952.

I love Jourcin’s Wonderland. It’s vibrant, full of humor, fun, with beautiful bright colors. His Wonderland is rather trippy, in a good natured way. All characters seem to be enjoying themselves.
The book has 40+ illustrations, 16 colored, and the rest in black and white.
This book marks my wandering outside the realm of English speaking publications of Alice.

If anyone can shed light on Jourcin, please comment below.

I did find this website, where more of Jourcin’s works are sold.
The following text is added on April 13th. 2023. I asked the modern day Wonder Genie, Mr. ChatGPT about André Jourcin, and lo and behold, here’s what it said:

André Jourcin was a French artist who made significant contributions to the world of abstract art. Born on June 15, 1926, in Paris, Jourcin spent most of his life exploring the boundaries of artistic expression and developing a style that was uniquely his own.

From an early age, Jourcin was fascinated by the world of art. He began drawing and painting as a child, and his talent quickly became apparent. After completing his studies at the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris, he began to explore abstract art, which would become his primary focus for the rest of his life.

Jourcin’s art was characterized by its bold use of color and dynamic compositions. He was particularly interested in the interplay between shapes and colors and spent many years experimenting with different combinations of the two. His work often featured geometric shapes and sharp angles, which gave his pieces a sense of movement and energy.

In addition to his paintings, Jourcin also created a series of sculptures and installations. These works were just as vibrant and dynamic as his paintings and often featured a mix of materials such as metal, wood, and glass.

Throughout his career, Jourcin exhibited his work in numerous galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States. He was also a member of the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, an influential group of abstract artists that was founded in Paris in 1939.

Jourcin’s contributions to the world of abstract art have been widely recognized, and his work has been the subject of many retrospectives and exhibitions. His legacy continues to inspire artists today, and his bold and innovative approach to art will always be remembered.

In conclusion, André Jourcin was a talented and innovative artist who made significant contributions to the world of abstract art. His use of color and shape created dynamic and energetic compositions that continue to inspire and influence artists today. His work remains a testament to the power of artistic expression and a reminder of the importance of pushing boundaries and exploring new artistic frontiers.

Let’s dive into the book. Illustrations are placed by order of appearance in the book.

My copy doesn’t have the dust jacket unfortunately. This image is taken from the world wide web.

Title page, (there’s another one right at the end of the book).

Alice and Wonderland’s creatures

Alice watching the White Rabbit

This illustration is so beautiful. Alice viewing Wonderland from afar

Alice falling down the Rabbit’s hole

Alice hanging out with the Caucus race crew

Alice and the mouse

Alice and the mouse having a moment

The Mouse’s tale

The Mouse drying out everyone with his story

The Dodo and Alice

The Caucus race in full motion

Alice approaches the White Rabbit’s House

Alice freaking out Rabbit and Bill

What a fantastic illustration of the Alice and the Puppy scene! See how he flies.

Alice and the Caterpillar

Father William

Pig baby and the Cheshire

Pig and Pepper

Alice, the Duchess with the Baby, the Cook, and the Cheshire cat

The Mad Tea Party Trio

Tormenting the Dormouse

Alice walking away from the Mad Tea Party

The (rather French looking) Gardeners

The Red Queen threatening everyone’s lives

Playing Croquet

The Cheshire cat trolling the King

The Mock turtle weeps

The Duchess way-too-close to Alice

The Gryphon takes Alice to the Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle’s super sad story

Turtle, Gryphon and Alice getting familiar with each other

Jourcin must’ve loved this chapter, so many illustrations of it

The Lobster’s Quadrille

Who Stole the Tarts?!

The Hatter at the Trial

Alice at the trial

Alice at the Trial

The Rabbit and Alice

The Hatter giving a testimony, with Alice and Jury, the Royals, the Tarts

Nothing but a pack of cards

The Footmen with Alice, and publication details

~ Fin ~


  1. Beautiful! Looking at the caucus group I wondered why the artist decided to put in one of those strange looking animals, the ones with the big round eyes that climb tress, but looking at it again there’s no Lory. He illustrated the Lory as a slow loris, and I can’t tell why, maybe it got muddled in translation or he wasn’t familiar with a lory and thought it meant a loris, but I love it

  2. Hi–I’m an enthusiastic Alice collector–and like you, I’m mostly interested in illustrators. I have several hundred. For instance, I have a 1949 first edition of this one, the Jourcin, in Fine condition with a VG dust jacket. I have other book collections, but illustrated Alice is my favorite, I think. It’s great that you’ve posted all these scans and information–thank you. When I discovered your site, I learned about the 1887 Dutch edition translated by Eleonora Mann, the edition that you explained was the first suite of illustrations after Tenniel. I didn’t know about it and so had never seen it, of course. Immediately, I looked it up on ABE–and, to my surprise and delight, a copy in nice condition was available. So I just now bought it! Thanks for writing about that. And happy collecting!

    1. Hi Don,
      Thank you for the comment and the kind words. Eleonora Mann is a fantastic find, those are rare!
      Sounds like you have quite the collection, do you post about it anywhere? I’d love to see it.
      Instagram is a great place to seek other Carroll and Alice collectors. Will you, won’t you join the dance?

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