- About Albuisson
- Awards Won (MOF)
- France 2006-2010
- Monaco 1986-1989
- Monaco 2006-2010
Overseas Domains &
- New Caledonia
- TAAF 1997-2000
- TAAF 2001-2005
- TAAF 2006-2010
- The Author
Pierre Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823) was a French painter, whose expression of emotion in painting foreshadowed the romantic style. He was born in
Cluny, and trained in Dijon, Paris, and Rome. He was greatly influenced by the soft style of the Renaissance painters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Correggio and by the graceful neoclassical sculpture of his contemporary, Antonio
Canova, who became his friend in Rome.
Prud'hon gained public recognition through his illustrations for books issued by the French publisher Didot and for his designs for French government stationery. Napoleon then employed him as court painter and decorator. Prud'hon was widely acclaimed for his portrait
of Empress Josephine (1805, Louvre, Paris).
| He executed a number of allegorical paintings, of which the best known are Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime (1808, Louvre) and Venus and Adonis (1812, Wallace Collection, London).
In 1816 Prud'hon became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In the era of French neoclassical painting dominated by the stern, sculptural style of Jacques-Louis David, Prud'hon was distinctive for his delicate treatment of the figure and his use of chiaroscuro.
In 1995 France celebrated the inauguration of the Normandy Bridge, a true
masterpiece of engineering. The stamp issued for the occasion is impressive. It
is designed by Véret Lemarinier, and
Albuisson's light-handed engraving gives a wonderful
impression of the huge construction and lofty lines.
Jean Giono (1895-1970) was a French novelist, born in Manosque. At the age of 19 he was inducted into the French army to fight in World War I.
Later he wrote about the horrors of war in "Le grand troupeau" [To the Slaughterhouse,
1931]. His pacifist creed was expounded in "Refus d'obéissance" [Refusal to Obey,
1937]. Giono used his native Provence as the setting for his novels, the majority of which are concerned with the relationship of people to the earth, as in
"Les vrais richesses" [True Riches, 1936]. Other works include "Hill of Destiny" (1920; translated 1929),
"Harvest" (1930; translated 1939), and "Horseman on the Roof" (1951; translated 1954).
In 1995 France celebrated his birth centenary with the below stamp (right), designed
by Girard, and engraved by Albuisson. The image to the left, one of
Albuisson's private engravings from the Provence region, explains fully how
Albuisson relates the landscape with the portrait, in order to create a synergy
that radiates the inner feelings of the person portrayed.
Philatelic Document from Provence, to complement the stamp of Jean
Giono. "Walking in the footsteps of Giono, realizing his writings, finding the mountain, the old shepherd's
lodge ..." [Pierre Albuisson].
France 1995. Centenary of Jean Giono. Design by Girard, engraving by
The Historical and Archeological Museum of Orléans houses
one of the most prestigious collections of Gallo-Roman Bronzes.
The collections contain particularly sculptures of animals
and two series of bronze statues, one showing stylized figurines of male
and female nudes, or dressed in the typical Gallic way; the others are
small Latin gods, produced in numerous Roman studios of the time.
In 1996 France issued this commemorative stamp from the
France 1997. Sablé-sur-Sarthe. A lovely and delicately engraved stamp,
depicting a small town in provincial France.
France 1997. The design for the stamp, bearing Albuisson's monogram
signature, inspired by Albrecht Dürer (see also the Welcome Page). This
design is a really a happy meeting between the talented engraver and a part
of the town situated by the river Sarthe, that mirrors the castle, the
houses, and the mills, emphasized by the clear sky and the arches of a
bridge with no name. Scan © Pierre Albuisson.
|Eugène (Ferdinand Victor) Delacroix was born on April 26, 1798, at
Charenton-Saint Maurice, and he studied under the French painter Pierre
Guérin. He was trained in the formal neoclassical style of the French painter Jacques-Louis David, but he was strongly influenced by the more colorful, opulent style of such earlier masters as the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and the Italian painter Paolo
He also absorbed the spirit of his contemporary and countryman Théodore Géricault, whose early works exemplify the violent action, love of liberty, and budding romanticism of the turbulent post-Napoleonic period.
- An exquisite portrait of Delacroix, a Philatelic Document to
complement the below painting by Delacroix. Engraving by Pierre
Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson.
Delacroix remained the dominant French romantic painter throughout his life. A trip to North Africa in 1832 provided subjects for more than 100 sensuous canvases. In addition, he received many government commissions for murals and ceiling paintings.
Many of his late works, especially animal pictures, hunt scenes, and marine subjects, are superb, but others exhibit a certain dryness of execution and lack of inspiration.
He also illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
- France 1998. At the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth France
issued this painting by Delacroix "The Crusaders entering
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) was a French poet, one of the originators of the symbolist movement. He was born in Paris and educated at the lycée in Sens. He taught English at the Lycée Fontanes, Paris, and translated literary works in English, notably the poems (1888) of the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. He used symbols to express truth through suggestion rather than by narration. His poetry and prose are characterized by musical quality, experimental grammar, and thought that is refined and allusive to the point of obscurity.
|Mallarmé was noted for his conversation, which was as lucid as his writings were obscure. At his renowned Tuesday-night receptions at his home in Paris, his critical comments on literature, art, and music did much to stimulate the creative efforts of the French symbolist writers and the artists and composers of the impressionist school that developed late in the 19th century and emphasized spontaneity, as opposed to formality, of composition.
Chopin, Frédéric François (1810-1849), Polish composer and pianist of the romantic school, regarded by some as the greatest of all composers of music for the piano. Born Fryderyk Chopin in Zelazowa
Wola, near Warsaw, of a French father and a Polish mother, he preferred to use the French name
Frédéric. He began to study the piano at the age of four, and when he was eight years old he played at a private concert in Warsaw. Later he studied harmony and counterpoint at the Warsaw Conservatory. Chopin was also precocious as a composer: His first published composition is dated 1817. He gave his first concerts as a piano virtuoso in 1829 in Vienna, where he lived for the next two years.
After 1831, except for brief absences, Chopin lived in Paris, where he became noted as a pianist, teacher, and composer. He formed an intimate relationship in 1837 with French writer George
Sand (see next page).
In 1838 Chopin began to suffer from tuberculosis and Sand nursed him in
Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, and in France until continued differences between the two resulted in an estrangement in 1847.
Thereafter his musical activity was limited to giving several concerts in 1848 in France, Scotland, and England.
He died in Paris
in 1849 of tuberculosis.
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