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Paul Colin

French, 1892–1985

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Paul Colin

French, 1892–1985

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Paul Colin was a prolific master of Art Deco poster illustration. In his lifetime, Colin produced book designs, theater sets, and costume designs in addition to over 1,900 posters. As a teenager, Colin apprenticed at a printing house before enrolling at L’École des Beaux-Arts, and he would later work in the company of Eugene Vallin. He was commended for his masterful integration of organic and figural subjects with geometric forms. His style, which was influenced by both Cubism and Surrealism, frequently employed bold shapes, striking colors, caricature, and highly stylized forms. Some of his best-known illustrations were made for jazz-age music and theater, as in his iconic image for La Revue Negre (1925) of dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker—his companion, muse, and a frequent subject in his work.

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Biography

Paul Colin was a prolific master of Art Deco poster illustration. In his lifetime, Colin produced book designs, theater sets, and costume designs in addition to over 1,900 posters. As a teenager, Colin apprenticed at a printing house before enrolling at L’École des Beaux-Arts, and he would later work in the company of Eugene Vallin. He was commended for his masterful integration of organic and figural subjects with geometric forms. His style, which was influenced by both Cubism and Surrealism, frequently employed bold shapes, striking colors, caricature, and highly stylized forms. Some of his best-known illustrations were made for jazz-age music and theater, as in his iconic image for La Revue Negre (1925) of dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker—his companion, muse, and a frequent subject in his work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta
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Art Deco’s Streamlined Designs Envisioned a Glamorous Future
Sep 18th, 2018
Art Deco’s Streamlined Designs Envisioned a Glamorous Future
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