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Jean Colin

Jean Colin, a Parisian born in 1912, embarked on his artistic journey after finishing his military service.

At Raymond Gid, he honed his skills in book design, political propaganda, and advertising, and cultivated a unique visual style.

His participation in events like the 1947 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs marks his early involvement in the art world. A pivotal moment occurred in 1949 when he met Fritz Bühler, Donald Brun and Hermann Eidenbenz in Basel. This led to an influential year in 1951 when Colin, Brun, and Bühler, along with Jean Picart Le Doux and Jacques Nathan Garamond, decided to establish an association, specifically for graphic designers. This move resulted in the formation of the Alliance Graphique Internationale in Paris in 1952, which started with 65 members.

Over his career, Colin designed over 300 posters and received numerous awards and widespread international recognition, particularly in Europe and the United States. His playful and vibrant style captivated audiences, and he created compelling advertisements for well-known brands like Shell, Perrier, EDF, and Contrexéville.

 

 

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