Édouard-Henri Avril (21 May 1849 – 28 July 1928) was a French painter and commercial artist. Under the pseudonym Paul Avril, he was an illustrator of erotic literature. His career saw a collaboration with influential people like Octave Uzanne, Henry Spencer Ashbee, and Friedrich Karl Forberg.
Avril was born in Algiers. His father was a colonel of the gendarmerie. Avril himself fought and was wounded in Franco-Prussian War before starting his studies in art. He was awarded with the Legion of Honour on 31 May 1871 for injuries sustained during the war. The injuries resulted in retirement from his military career on 23 January 1872.
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