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Pierre Albuisson's first stamps for France were these three, forming the beginning of a long and brilliant career in the French Post Office. Unless otherwise stated the stamps were both designed and engraved by Albuisson. From 1998 Albuisson has also engraved stamps for TAAF, shown elsewhere on this site. 

Albuisson says that 

when I make a stamp, I try to simplify my motif, and only show the essential in order to give an immediate understanding of the motif. The stamp format permits me to design or engrave something that I would never have touched in an ordinary art work. The stamp is an Encyclopedia, and will eventually become a fantastic media. 

They all give a fantastic impression of the remote view, combined with a close-up of the details. A true eye-opener for the observant viewer. 

France 1984. Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval France 1985. The Milennium of the Foundation of the City of Montpellier France 1985. Solutré
  • France 1984. Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval.
  • France 1985. The Millennium of the Foundation of the City of Montpellier. From left to right it is main entry to the faculty of medicine, and the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre. 
  • France 1985. Solutré.  Designed by Gérarddiaz, and engraved by Albuisson. 

The below stamps on the left and the right are "classic" engravings. done more or less in the style that was initiated by Albrecht Dürer, and they both reflect Albuisson's passion for the German Renaissance painter, who -- centuries after his death -- was Albuisson's first inspiration and master. 

France 1986. The Centenary of Birth of Henri Alain-Fournier France 1986. The Centenary of the First Ascension of Mont Blanc France 1987. Centenary of Birth of Henri Pourrat
  • France 1986.  The Centenary of Birth of Henri Alain-Fournier. 
  • France 1986.  The Centenary of the First Ascension of Mont Blanc. 
  • France 1987.  The Centenary of Birth of Henri Pourrat, French poet. 

The Philatelic Document
"One talks too little about the philatelic document, although there exists some remarkable pieces. These documents are complementary to the stamps, and are mostly of a high quality that suits the taille-douce engravings perfectly. 

Philatelic Document. Print in taille-douce engraving of the French poet  Henri Pourrat, by Pierre Albuisson.

From an illustrative point of view it is a pleasure to make them, and they give much room for interpretation. 

One has much more liberty in the creation of such documents than postage stamps, of which the subject matter is strictly defined. They come very close to traditional prints. 

It is a really a pity that philatelic magazines are so silent about them".

Pierre Albuisson.

  • The above print is a philatelic document, depicting the French poet Henri Pourrat, and is complementary to the stamp immediately above right, issued in 1986. Click on the print to see large version and the extremely fine lines of the taille-douce engraving. The link will open in a new window. Scan © Pierre Albuisson. 

The below Europa stamps were designed by Lambert, and engraved by Albuisson.

France 1986. Europa Stamp. Civet Cat (Genette) France 1986. Small Bat (Petit Rhrinolophe)
  • France 1986. Europa Stamp. Civet See also Ivory Coast 1992. Design by Pierrette Lambert, engraving by Albuisson. 
  • France 1986. Europa Stamp. Small Bat. Design by Pierrette Lambert, engraving by Albuisson. 

France 1988. 70th Anniversary of Armistice Day 1918 France 1988. The Tomb of Saint Mihiel.
  • France 1988. 70th Anniversary of Armistice Day 1918. Design by Durand Mégret, engraving by Albuisson. 
  • France 1988. The Tomb of St. Mihiel. Design by Sainson, engraving by Albuisson. 

This stamp from the Forest of Fontainebleau outside Paris, is one of Albuisson's preferred, and it was a moment of great happiness for him to make it, because he has a deep love and respect for this area, and also because the forest-motif would allow him to express nature in stamp format, when at its best. For two days he installed himself in the forest, in search of the essentials to compose the perfect image of Fontainebleau. He found what he was looking for: rocks, passages in the sands, beech, pine. Here is the result in super-large format. Enjoy :-)

France 1989. Forest of Fontainebleau

  • France 1989.  Forest of Fontainebleau 

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