Born in Paris in 1811, 19th century painter, lithographer and caricaturist Clément Pruche studied under French master Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). Pruche began publishing caricatures in 1831 for leading periodicals such as Le Charivari and La Caricature, during the Golden Age of French satirical art (1830-1850). He began exhibiting his work at the Paris Salons in 1834 and was an annual participant there until 1870. In 1844, a Parisian publisher published Voyage au Pays de Bonheur, a work including thirty of Pruche’s lithographs.
Pruche’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Kemper Art Museum, among others.