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November 11, 2023

40 Impressive Posters Designed by Paul Colin in the 1920s and ’30s

French professional artist, scenographer, graphic designer and theatre painter Paul Colin (1892–1985) born in Nancy, France, died in Nogent-sur-Marne. He was a prolific master illustrator of Decorative Arts posters.

Posters designed by Paul Colin in the 1920s and ’30s

During his lifetime Colin created over 1900 posters and worked in theatre for more than 40 years. He was praised for the perfect combination of organic and graphic themes with geometric forms. He was influenced by Surrealism and Cubism, typically using very exaggerated shapes, striking colors and very stylized art forms in his work. He used a large palette of colors to emphasize the energy and meaning conveyed by his subjects, and his art is strongly in the style of the Art Deco movement.

Many of his most famous illustrations were created for Jazz Age music and theatre. His designs incorporate jazz elements, bold and striking colors, Cubist and Surrealist. Highly stylized or caricaturized humanoids are strangely juxtaposed with geometrically overlapping objects such as Cubist collages. His own background in painting and his love of theatre helped him to become one of the most important French poster artists of the 1920s and 1930s.

Colin has been teaching his skills for over 40 years at the “Ecole Paul Colin” graphic arts school in Paris, where many graphic artists and designers have benefited. He was the master of painter Philippe Derome and poster artists duo Lefor-Openo.

Here below is a set of impressive posters designed by Paul Colin in the 1920s and 1930s.

République Française Military Aviation Recruitment Poster, circa 1920s

Revue Nègre, 1924

Féeries Fantastiques, La Loïe Fuller, circa 1925

Jean Borlin, 1925

Bal Nègre, 1927

Ch. Gir, 1927

Exposition Nancy, 1928

La Nuit du Théâtre à Luna Park, 1928

Mitty Tillio et Ricaux, Casino de Paris, 1928

Tabarin, 1928

André Renaud, 1929

Les Mathurins, Le Collier, 1929

Alice Dufrene, 1930

Bal Des Petits Lits Blancs A L'opéra, 1930

Damia, circa 1930

Gham-Bo, circa 1930

Grand Magasins De Nouveautés, Paris - Montpellier, circa 1930

Grock en exclusivité à Odeon, 1930

Josephine & Jazz - Maquette, circa 1930

La Granero, circa 1930s

Loterie Nationale, circa 1930s

Mary Ditrix, circa 1930s

Musée d'Ethnographie and Punu mask, 1930

Nuit du Ciel, circa 1930

Pierre Meyer, 1930

Shanghai, Jane Marnac, 1930

L’Ennemi dans le Sang, 1931

Yvonnet Guillet, 1931

Air Orient, 1932

Casino de Paris, Joséphine Baker, La Joie de Paris, 1932

Week End Cigarettes, Goût Anglais, 1933

Bagnoles de L'Orne, circa 1935

Lyvia Holos, circa 1935

Peugeot accélération, 1935

Serge Lifar, 1935

Théâtre de l'Apollo. Papavert, 1935

Grand Prix de Paris, 1936

Paris-International-Exposition, 1937

Waterman Inkvue, 1937

Balto Cigarettes Regie Française, 1938


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