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Biography of Paul Colin (1892-1986)

Paul Colin(1892-1986)

Colin was born and raised in Nancy, France. Very early on, much to his father's disapproval, Colin became fascinated with art. At the age of 15, he was an apprentice at a nearby printing house and at 18, he enrolled at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Colin excelled at his studies and made his debut into the art world at the company of Eugene Vallin. His work became known but it was not until he created his first poster for a small but established journal that he was ready to take on Paris. Colin came to Paris in 1912, a very volatile time for the country, where he soon found himself in the middle of World War One. Following the War, he returned to Paris to resume his poster career. Colin became known among the intellectual and artistic circles of the city and associated himself with the theatre and its performers (most notably Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham), which was where he drew much of his inspiration. Colin's work is recognized through the use of theatre characters and Art Deco style bold images, strong, clean lines and brilliant colors. Today, his posters are sought after and found in museums and galleries throughout the world.