Amazing Poster Art by Paul Colin

Mary Ditrix by Paul Colin, ca. 1930

Mary Ditrix by Paul Colin, ca. 1930

Paul Colin, who died in 1985 a few days away from his 93rd birthday, was undoubtedly one of France’s greatest poster artists.

He became famous in 1925 for his poster for the Revue Nègre, which helped to launch the career of Josephine Baker (who became his lover), he worked for over forty years in the theatre, creating not only posters but also numerous sets and costumes.

Colin adapted his Art Deco style over the years into his own unique vision, evolving as he embraced symbolism and abstraction. He was brilliant at depicting movement in deceptively simple ways. He designed literally hundreds of posters for performers in all media, reflecting the history of Paris show business and public life during his lifetime perhaps better than any of his contemporaries.

In 1930 Paul Colin opened the first poster school where many of the most famous designers of the future generation were trained. Paul Colin worked during the war and on into the 1970s designing travel posters.

Paul Colin - Le Tumulte noir

Paul Colin – Le Tumulte noir

Paul Colin. The Imaginary Voyage Paul Colin. The Imaginary Voyage

Paul Colin. Grock Odeon. 1930.jgp

Paul Colin. Grock Odeon. 1930.jgp

Bal Negre, Jazz Art Deco Poster, Artist- Paul Colin, 1927

Bal Negre, Jazz Art Deco Poster, Artist- Paul Colin, 1927

Sylvie by Paul Colin 1928

Sylvie by Paul Colin 1928

Paul Colin, Revue Nègre, 1924

Paul Colin, Revue Nègre, 1924

 

Supersonic - Machine a Laver by Paul Colin 1950s

Supersonic – Machine a Laver by Paul Colin 1950s

Paul Colin - Le Tumulte noir

Paul Colin – Le Tumulte noir

Josephine Baker’s one-time lover and life-long friend Paul Colin published a portfolio of vividly colored lithographs titled “Le Tumulte Noir” (“The Black Craze”) which captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris. Baker found a devoted supporter who introduced her to French society and some of Paris’ artistic elite. Colin found a muse and a career that produced some 1,900 posters and hundreds of stage sets, and brought him preeminence in the graphic arts in France.

1929 ANDRE RENAUD DUAL PLAYING GRAND PIANO

1929 ANDRE RENAUD DUAL PLAYING GRAND PIANO

 

St Raphael Quinquina Paul Colin

St Raphael Quinquina Paul Colin

Lucienne Radisse

Lucienne Radisse

Mary Ditrix by Paul Colin, ca. 1930

Mary Ditrix by Paul Colin, ca. 1930

Peugeot, Automobile Poster, Artist- Paul Colin, 1935

Peugeot, Automobile Poster, Artist- Paul Colin, 1935

Paul Colin. Tabarin. 1928

Paul Colin. Tabarin. 1928

French Art Deco Period Ethnographic Museum Poster by Paul Colin, 1930

French Art Deco Period Ethnographic Museum Poster by Paul Colin, 1930

French Airshow poster 1955

French Airshow poster 1955

1937 Paris International Exposition poster by Paul Colin

1937 Paris International Exposition poster by Paul Colin

Vichy water Paul Colin

Vichy water Paul Colin

Papavert by Paul Colin

Papavert by Paul Colin