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Bernard Villemot

Born in: 1911

France

Biography

Bernard Villemot is a French poster artist, born on 20th September 1911, in Trouville sur Mer and died in 1989. Son of a draftsman and humorist Jean Villemot, he studied at Paul Colin school from 1932-1934, after studying at Academie Julian.

Between 1945-1946, he created several posters for the Red Cross, Journées des Forces françaises libres, and for Entraide française. From 1947-1948 he created his first commercial posters, mainly for Air France. He also collaborated with Jean Laurance, head of publicity at Gaumont, UGC and Pathé, by making cinema posters: Nous sommes tous des assassins de Cayatte, then La Tête contre les murs de Franju in 1959. He collaborated for a long time with Jean Davray for the Orangina brand, and created its world famous logo. In 1965, he also collaborated with Chaussures Bally and Perrier, whose posters drew inspiration from experts like Paul Colin, Leonetto Cappiello and Cassandre. He then started teaching at École supérieure des arts décoratifs and became the president at Alliance Graphique.

Bernard Villemot's work stands out due to its refined strokes, which helps analyze the work on the spot. He uses warm colors for his posters, which always convey a positive message on the company which is being highlighted.

Trouville-sur-Mer devoted a retrospective exhibition to him in 1977. Another retrospective exhibition took place in 1982 at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Finally, a third exhibition took place at Bibliothèque Forney in Paris, from 18th September 2012 until 5th January 2013.

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