Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical avant-garde.
Pierre Brissaud (December 23, 1885 – 1964) was a French Art Deco illustrator, painter and engraver. He was born in Paris, France and trained at the École des Beaux-Arts and Atelier Fernand Cormon in Montmartre, Paris. His fellow Cormon students were André-Édouard Marty, Charles Martin and Georges Lepape. Students at the workshop drew, painted and designed wallpaper, furniture and posters. Earlier, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, and Henri Matisse had studied and worked there.
George Barbier (1882 - 1932) was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. Born in Nantes, France on October 10, 1882, Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently swept to the forefront of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce haute couture fashion illustrations.
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing is a French children's book artist and wife of American actor Timothy Hutton. They have a son who was born on September 11, 2001. She is the niece of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the French Republic (1974-1981).
Luc-Olivier Merson (21 May 1846 – 13 November 1920) was a French academic painter and illustrator also known for his postage stamp and currency designs. Born Nicolas Luc-Olivier Merson in Paris, France, he grew up in an artistic household, the son of Charles-Olivier Merson, a painter and art critic. He studied under Gustave Chassevent at the École de Dessin and then Isidore Pils at the École des Beaux-Arts.
Jean de Brunhoff (December 9, 1899 – October 16, 1937) was a French writer and illustrator known for co-creating Babar, which first appeared in 1931. The stories were originally told to their second son, Mathieu, when he was sick, by his wife Cecile de Brunhoff. After its first appearance, six more titles followed authored by Jean de Brunhoff. He was the fourth and last child of Maurice de Brunhoff, a successful publisher, and his wife Marguerite.
Laurent de Brunhoff is an author and illustrator. After studying fine arts at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, de Brunhoff took over the Babar series of books first begun by his father, Jean de Brunhoff. After the war, he also did work in other creative fields, such as posters, jackets for record albums, and animated cartoons. Since 1985, he has lived in the United States, splitting his time between Middletown, Connecticut and Key West, Florida.
Daniel Vierge (1851-1904) was a Spanish-born French illustrator who with the photo-engraver Gillot revolutionized the reproduction of illustrations. In 1882 the publication of his edition of Francisco de Quevedo's Historia de la vida del Buscón llamado don Pablos (The Life Story of a Swindler Called Don Pablos) brought the technique of photo-reproduction to a high level of finish.
Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac, October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953) was a French book illustrator prominent during the so called "Golden Age of Illustration (the first quarter or so of the twentieth century).
Pierre Joubert (June 27, 1910 - January 13, 2002) was a French illustrator. He was closely associated with the creation of Scouting and the popular look of Boy Scouts in France and Belgium, comparable to the American artist Norman Rockwell.
Valentine Hugo (1887 – 1968) was an artist. She was born Valentine Gross in Boulogne-sur-Mer and died in Paris. Valentine studied painting in Paris, and in 1919 married French artist Jean Hugo (1894-1984), great-grandson of Victor Hugo. She collaborated with him on ballet designs including Jean Cocteau's Maries de la Tour Eiffel (1921), and in 1926 executed 24 wood engravings after maquettes by Jean Hugo for Romeo and Juliette.
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (December 26, 1827–April 22, 1895) was a French artist, astronomer and amateur entomologist. He is most noted for the unfortunate introduction of the Gypsy Moth into North America. He was born at Aisne, France. During his early years he was apparently involved in politics and had Republican leanings. Following a coup d'état by Louis Napoleon in 1852, he fled with his family to the United States.
Roland Topor (January 7, 1938 – April 16, 1997), was a French illustrator, painter, writer and filmmaker, known for the surreal nature of his work. He was of Polish Jewish origin and spent the early years of his life in Savoy where his family hid him from the Nazi peril.
Jean Pucelle (c. 1300 – 1355) was a Parisian Gothic-era manuscript illuminator, active between 1320 and 1350. His style is characterized by delicate figures rendered in grisaille, accented with touches of color. Pucelle's most famous work is the The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, c. 1324-1328.
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Thierry Lamouche (born 12 July 1955 in Paris) is a French illustrator known for the design of the Marianne des Français series, the present French definitive stamp series. Thierry Lamouche became suddenly famous in July 2004 when his stamp design for a new Marianne series is chosen by the public and President Jacques Chirac. The definitive stamp series was issued January 2005 under the name Marianne des Français.
Aslan (born Alain Gourdon, in Bordeaux, France on May 23, 1930) is a French painter, sculptor and pin-up artist. He is mostly famous in France for his pin ups. He contributed to Lui from the creation of the magazine in 1964 to the early eighties, providing a monthly pin up. He is the sculptor of the Fifth Republic Marianne as Brigitte Bardot in 1970, followed by the Mireille Mathieu Marianne.