France’s 2021 stamps – Jan to June

France’s 2021 stamps – Jan to June

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France’s 2021 stamps presented a number of problems. The first was realising I should have started earlier. Not only does France issue a large number of (excellent) stamps, I realised I have a mountain of information in my archives about French artists and engravers. I wasn’t consciously aware that I had accumulated so many links and articles about them. This post has a lot of links and videos that should help break down the various topics, who the artists are and how to find more of their works. I guess this article turned into a massive celebration of French art and design.  

The second big issue was the sheer size of the article.  To improve loading speed, France 2021 is broken into 2 parts. To see July to Dec go here: France 2021 philately July to Dec | Bitter Grounds Magazine. The pages are heavy with large images, which are  super sizable when you click on them. La Poste offers beautiful quality scans of all stamps, cancels and info sheets. Reducing their size felt like a betrayal of their hard work. In hindsight, I should have broken this down into 3 sections. Either that or cut down on the amount of information I include. Nah, it’ll be three parts next year. Its too much fun researching French designers and engravers.

Don’t forget to look at the border art. The delicate work is easy to over look but is noteworthy for what it adds to the stamp’s theme.

Métiers d'Art - Stained glass artist sheet selvedge

Métiers d’Art – Stained glass artist sheet selvedge

Charles Baudelaire 1821 - 1867 sheet selvedge

Charles Baudelaire 1821 – 1867 sheet selvedge

 Info sheets

Over the past couple months, I’ve debated about including info sheets (when offered). France puts a lot of work into each, offering rich details about stamp design, the history etc. Not every stamp has one, but when they are available, I’ve posted them. 

Cancels

La Poste deserves an award for their cancel artistry. Quite honestly, I think French postmarks are among the best in the world. As much detail goes into the cancels as the stamps themselves. 

Vassily Kandinsky - In the circle cancel

Vassily Kandinsky post mark

 

Types of print 

For the first time I’m listing print type for each stamp and will try to include it in articles going forward. To fully appreciate French stamps, it helps to understand the various processes used, especially engraving.  Unlike many post offices, La Poste seems to be on a mission to keep engravers employed. If you are relatively new to collecting, you may not be familiar how stamps are printed. Linn’s Stamp News published a good primer in April 2021 Determining printing methods can confuse anyone (linns.com).   

My favourite type of print is intaglio engraving, a process La Poste uses a lot. This little video from the Museum of Modern Art might help you understand the process a bit more, and appreciate the artistry involved in creating a “simple” postage stamp.  

 


January stamps

Landscape Mosaic
Series: geography and tourism

Mosaic of landscapes cancel

Landscape Mosaic booklet 

Landscape Mosaic booklet sheet 3 Landscape Mosaic booklet sheet 2 Landscape Mosaic booklet sheet 1

Booklet of 12 stamps
Photogravure

Arial views of 12 French regions (except Paris) 

  • GRAND EST region- vineyards
  • HAUTS-DE-FRANCE region – salt marshes and sheep
  • PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D’AZUR region – salt works 
  • CORSICA  – beach view of Corse-du-Sud
  • PAYS DE LA LOIRE region – salt marshes
  • OCCITANIE region – pastures
  • CENTRE-VAL DE LOIRE region – orchards
  • AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES region – basaltic forests and organs
  • BOURGOGNE-FRANCHE-COMTÉ region – wheat and rapeseed fields
  • NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE region – oyster parks
  • BRETAGNE region – coastal views

Designer: Etienne Théry
 Photographs:  © PASTURES – LOZÈRE © Gilles Cornière / Biosphoto and WHEAT FIELDS AND RAPESEED – CÔTE D’OR © Claudius Thiriet / Naturagency

Release date: January 6, 2021


Birds of the Islands 

Birds of the islands cancel 

Birds of the islands sheet with 4 birds

Birds of the Islands - Torda Penguin Birds of the islands penguin sheet  

Birds of the islands cancel souvenir sheets Birds of the islands info sheet

Sheetlet of 4 stamps, 1 stamp, sheet of 15, 3 souvenir sheets, cancel, info sheet
Photogravure

  • Oriole of Martinique – native to Martinique with a preference for the mangrove swamps
  • Tuit-tuit of Reunion – critically endangered since the introduction of rats to the island
  • Torda penguin – critically endangered 
  • Yellow-legged thrush – West Indies. Of the 30 islands that make up the West Indies, it is native to only 4. Under threat.

 

Design: Valérie Besser 
Illustrator: Isabelle Molinard 
Molinard’s first stamp was the 2018 Panda, Polar Bear, Brown Bear set for La Poste. She describes hereself as a “Portraits animaliers” and sometimes shows a wonderful sense of humour and awe in her cat illustrations
Illustrations based on photographs by

  • Jaime Martinez – Tuit tuit
  • Vincent Lemoine – oriole of Martinique
  • Régis Gomes – Grive à pattes jaunes
  • L’ASFA (c) Philippe Clément – Pingouin Torda

Release date: January 11, 2021


Madeleine Brès 1842 – 1921

Madeleine Bres 2021 cancel 

Madeleine Bres 2021_Pub HD

Madeleine Bres sheet  Madeleine Bres Infosheet

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel, info sheet
Photogravure

Elle, qui a mené sa vie affirmant son indépendance et sa liberté tant dans sa vie privée que professionnelle, elle, qui s’est battue pour ouvrir aux femmes les portes de l’Université, clamait pourtant son antiféminisme. Malgré elle, Madeleine Brès a été et reste un modèle pour chaque féministe revendiquant le droit de vivre aussi librement qu’elle.

She, who led her life affirming her independence and freedom in both her private and professional life, she, who fought to open the doors of the University to women, nevertheless claimed her antifeminism. Despite herself, Madeleine Brès has been and remains a model for every feminist claiming the right to live as freely as she is.
Natalie Pigeard-Micault – Doctor in Epistemology and History of Science

June 3, 1875, Madeleine Brès became the first French woman doctor of medicine.

Madeleine Brès (1842-1921) (historiadelamedicina.org) 

Designer:  Eloïse Oddos using photo from BIU Santé (Paris)
Oddos is a freelance illustrator from Nantes, France. She describes her style as “Inspired by dreams and surrealism, she creates atmospheres conducive to escape and likes to arouse curiosity through the play of spaces, colors and materials.” Ms. Oddos has worked with La Poste on a number of stamps, winning the “The most beautiful LISA vignette 2020” for her Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral stamp.

Release date: January 18, 2021


Heart Stamp – Chanel 
Series: Valentine’s Day – started in 2000

Chanel cancel

Heart Stamp - Chanel  Heart Stamp - Chanel  

Block 5 heart stamps - Chanel 

Sheet 30 Heart stamps - Chanel Sheet 30 Heart stamps - Chanel pink

2 stamps, block of 5, 2 sheets of 30
Photogravure

On the use of red – Gabrielle Chanel thought red was the colour of life. 

Designed by Chanel to celebrate Valentines & their 100th anniversary. 

Release date: January 25, 2021


February

Chinese New Year – Year of the Buffalo 

chinese ny cancel France

France, Year of ox stamp 1 France, Year of ox stamp 2

Chinese New Year - Year of the Buffalo sheet two Chinese New Year - Year of the Buffalo sheet one

RF DOC Nouvelle an chinois - Buffle - 2021-RA

2 stamps, 2 souvenir sheets of 5, cancel, info sheet
Photogravure

“The design means to be an ode to Mother Nature, to show our love and respect,” Paris-based Chinese artist Chen Jianghong told Xinhua. “I used many colors, trying to convey a sense of tranquility.”

Designer: Chen Jiang Hong
Layout design: Bruno Ghiringhelli

Release date: Feb 8, 2021 


Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988

“Jean-Michel lived like a flame. He burned really bright. Then the fire went out. But the embers are still hot”  – Fred Braithwaite

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988 single stamp 

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988 single stamp 

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988 sheets

1 stamp, sheet of 9, cancel
Photogravure

“Untitled”(Skull) 
Jean-Michel Basquiat  

Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) discovered the art of the great museums of New York as a child. Encouraged by his mother, he draws, is inspired by comics, magazines, Hitchcock films. With graffiti artist Al Diaz, whom he met at the age of 17, he drew sentences on the walls full of rage and poetry. They are signed SAMO©, for “Same Old Shit”, “always the same shit”, an allusion to racial discrimination. © La Poste – Jérôme Coignard

Designer: Mathilde Laurent using a photo of Basquiat’s art 
Laurent is an illustrator from Versailles, France. One of her specialty areas is medical drawings, and documentary illustrations.
© The estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Adagp, Paris [2021].
Sheet edges: created by Mathilde Laurent.

Release date: Feb. 8, 2021


Métiers D’Art – Stained Glass Artist

Métiers d'Art - Stained glass artist single stamp

 

Métiers d'Art - Stained glass artist sheet of stamps 

Métiers d'Art - Stained glass artists souvenirfolder Métiers d'Art - Stained glass artist info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 12, souvenir folder, cancel 
Intaglio

A short video on how stained glass is created. 

 

Designer: Sandrine Chimbaud
Chimbaud’s first stamp for La Poste was the 2017 EUROMED  -Trees of the Mediterranean. As well as her illustrations and engraving work, Chimbaud also works with textile design. 
Engraver: Pierre Albuisson 
Albuisson is considered one of the great French engravers. His first stamp was the 1981 Mali stamp of Pierre Curie, and has engraved over 200 stamps for La Poste, Monaco, T.A.A.F., New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Mali to name some. 

Release date: Feb. 15, 2021


Animal Footprints – Guess!

Animal footprints... Guess cancel

  Animal Footprints - Guess! cover 

Animal Footprints - Guess! third four Animal Footprints - Guess! second four Animal Footprints - Guess! first four

Booklet of 12 stamps
Photogravure

Designer: Aurélie Baras
Baras began her career as a graphic designer in 1994. She designed the first Valentine’s Day heart stamp for La Poste in 2000. She has designed stamps for New Caledonia, T.A.A.F., and La Poste. Her designs often tend towards bold prints and patterns. 

Release date: Feb. 15, 2021


Prison Administration – OUR MISSION TO PROTECT REINTEGRATE

Prison Administration 4 stamps on a sheet

4 stamps on a sheet
Offset

Designer: Huitième Jour
Paris based Huitième Jour agency has designed about 20 stamps for La Poste. They won the Most beautiful Stamp Collector 2020  with their Spring Fruits set.

Release date: Feb. 17, 2021


National School of Charters / École nationale des chartes 1821-2021

National School of Charters / École nationale des chartes 1821-2021 cancel

National School of Charters / École nationale des chartes 1821-2021 single stamp 

National School of Charters / École nationale des chartes 1821-2021 sheet of stamps  National School of Charters / École nationale des chartes 1821-2021 info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 9, cancel, info sheet
Intaglio

National School of Charters (psl.eu)

“When the finger walks on the surface of the stamp, he notices the slight relief of the line on the paper. This relief corresponds to the hollow that the engraver makes in the printing plate with his tool.” Christophe Labore-Balen on the beauty of intaglio printing. 

Designer/Engraver: Christophe Labore-Balen
Narbonne based engraver, Labore-Balen began working with La Poste in 2015.  His first stamp was Le Tango, which he both drew and engraved. Le Tango won the 2016 Most Beautiful Stamp award. 

Release date: Feb. 23, 2021


March

Louis de Funès 1914 -1983

  Louis de Funès cover Louis de Funès citroin stamps

4 stamps in booklet format
Digital

The four cars on the stamps appeared in de Funès films:

  • Citroën 2CV and the Cadillac DeVille –  Le Corniaud  directed by Gérard Oury 1964 
  • Flying Citroën DSFantômas se déîne by André Hunebelle in 1965
  • Citroen DS –  Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob directed by Gérard Oury in 1973

One of France’s most popular actors/comedians, de Funès appeared in over 200 movies and theatre roles. He is still voted one of France’s favourite actors decades after his death.

Layout & Design: Huitième Jour 
Illustrator: Albin de la Simone
de la Simone’s artwork also appears on the September Citroën Stamp Festival pair. If you are interested in seeing his animations, artwork and music, his Facebook page is a treasure trove of material. 

Set creator: La Cinémathèque française/Mélanie Roero 

Photographer: Léonard de Raemy ©

Release date: March 1, 2021


Chaplin – The Kid 100 year anniversary

Charlie Chaplin The Kid 100 years cancel

  Charlie Chaplin The Kid 100 years cancel single stamp 

Charlie Chaplin The Kid 100 years cancel sheet Charlie Chaplin The Kid 100 years cancel info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 10, cancel 
Intaglio

Designer: Stéphane Humbert-Basset
Humbert-Basset’s work may be familiar to some. His artwork has appeared on the covers of Jazzman, Harper’s and  L’Express. His interests extend into video work and music. The Kid is the latest stamp design in his extensive portfolio that includes over 30 stamps and cancels. 

A bit of non-stamp fun from Stéphane:

 

Engraver: Pierre Bara
Bara’s first engraving work was Saint-Pierre and Miquelon’s 2010 La Jeanne

Release date: March 1, 2021


Simone de Beauvoir 1908 – 1986

Simone de Beauvoir 1908 - 1986 cancel 

Simone de Beauvoir 1908 - 1986

Simone de Beauvoir 1908 - 1986 sheet 

Beauvoir, Simone de | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (utm.edu)
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) | Issue 135 | Philosophy Now

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel 
Intaglio

Designer/Engraver: Sophie Beaujard using image from Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir personal collection and photography © Pierre Boulat 
Beaujard’s first stamp, Germaine Ribière, was issued 2017. Her father, engraver Yves Beaujard, was a great influence in both her style and her passion for stamp design and engraving. 

Cancel designer Stephanie GHINÉA

Release date: March 8, 2021


Order of Agricultural Merit

Order of Agricultural Merit 

Order of Agricultural Merit 

Order of Agricultural Merit  Order of Agricultural Merit

1 stamp, sheet of 12, cancel, info sheet
Photogravure

Designer: Sandrine Chimbaud

Release date: March 15, 2021


Camille Saint-Saëns 1835 – 1921

Camille SAINT-SAËNS cancel 

 

Camille SAINT-SAËNS sheet Camille SAINT-SAËNS info sheet 

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel, info sheet
Intaglio

Classic FM has a brief, but interesting, bio on Camille Saint-Saëns. 

Designer/Engraver: Sarah Lazarevic
Lazarevic is known as a both a graphic designer and typographer. Among the typefaces she has designed are Rameau (2011) and Métallo (2005). 
Previous stamps include 2018 Hats, 2012 Isenheim Altarpiece, and 2010 Horses.

Release date: March 22, 2021


European Capitals – Stockholm  

European Capitals - Stockholm cancel 

European Capitals - Stockholm block

4 stamps on a souvenir block, cancel 
Photogravure

The official guide to Stockholm – Visit Stockholm | www.visitstockholm.com

Designer: Sophia Babari using photos from plainpicture/Folio Images/Dimitrij Proskorin and ©DEEPOL by plainpicture/Gu.

Release date: March 29, 2021


Vassily Kandinsky – In the circle (Dans le Cercle)

Vassily Kandinsky - In the circle cancel 

Vassily Kandinsky - In the circle

Vassily Kandinsky - In the circle 12 stamps

12 stamps in booklet format, cancel 
Photogravure

Kandinsky painted In the Circle 1913 – 1914, and is held by the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.  You can see more of Kandinsky’s works on their website Centre Pompidou
Vasily Kandinsky | MoMA 

This (too) brief video captures Kandinsky at work. 

 

Designer: Corinne Salvi
Salvi’s impressive portfolio includes book designs, posters and textile designs. She posts quite a bit of interesting content on her Facebook and Instagram pages. The Kandinsky booklet is her latest design for La Poste. 

Release date: March 30, 2021


April

Pont-en-Royans Isère

Alain BOULDOUYRE cancel 

Alain BOULDOUYRE stamp  

Alain BOULDOUYRE sheet of stamps Alain BOULDOUYRE info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 12, cancel, info sheet 
Photogravure

Designer: Alain Bouldouyre     

Release date: April 6, 2021


Pierre Clostermann (1921-2006) & Claire Roman (1906-1941)
Series: Aviation

Benjamin FREUDENTHAL closterman cancel

Pierre Clostermann & Claire Roman 

Pierre Clostermann & Claire Roman sheet of stamps Info sheet on CLosterman & Roman stamp

1 stamp, sheet of 12, cancel, info sheet
Mixed intaglio offset

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Pierre Clostermann, ace of the aces of the Second World War
  • 80th anniversary of the death of Mrs. Claire Roman first woman officer in the army of the French area.

The complex life of French fighter ace Pierre Clostermann – The Oldie 
Pierre Clostermann | Second world war | The Guardian

“The story is singular. Claire Roman was an experienced pilot, recognized, decorated with the Croix de Guerre. She did speed races, raids like the Paris-Pondicherry, obtained a pilot qualification without visibility, broke speed and altitude records, was the first female pilot of the French Air Force, was taken prisoner, escaped… And it was as a passenger – she had resumed her activity as a nurse, at the age of 35, when she was going to Pau to visit her sick mother that she died, “says Gilles Collaveri who collected testimonies near Salvezines before locating the remains.  Toulouse. The story of pilot Claire Roman relives through the remains of an airplane – ladepeche.fr

Designer: Benjamin Freudenthal 
Freudenthal specialises in aviation and motorsport artwork. The link above includes a video of Freudenthal painting a motor street scene. 
Engraver: Claude Jumelet
Based on photos © Clostermann family archive, © Ministry of Culture 

Release date: April 6, 2021


The Little Prince 75 years old

Little Prince 75 years old cancel 

Little Prince 75 years old stamp 

Little Prince 75 years old sheet Little Prince 75 years old info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel, info sheet
Photogravure

The Little Prince – Le Petit Prince

A booklet of 12 stamps was released June 2021

Illustrations: Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944
Designer: David Benmussa  
Benmussa’s website is currently under construction. You can see more of his designs and art on his Instagram page.

Release date: April 9, 2021


Charles Baudelaire 1821 – 1867

Charles Baudelaire 1821 - 1867 cancel 

Charles Baudelaire 1821 - 1867 stamp 

Charles Baudelaire 1821 - 1867 sheet Charles Baudelaire 1821 - 1867 info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel, info sheet
Intaglio

Charles Baudelaire | Poetry Foundation 

Designer: Patrick Dérible 
Saint Pierre and Miquelon artist Patrick Dérible’s designed his first stamp in 1987. 

This short interview with Dérible is in French, but is easy to understand and follow. He talks about the techniques he uses in his work. 

Elsa Catelin | Philately, printmaking, engraving and illustration
Engraver: Elsa Catelin
Catelin has been employed by La Posta’s printing house, [email protected] Boulazac, since 2004. She has engraved over 150 stamps, including the long running  Marianne de Ciappa and Kawena series. She designed (from drawing to engraving) her first stamp (for TAAF) in 2006. Catelin also engrave the 2021 June set Faïencerie de Gien 1821 – 2021,  T.A.F.F.’s Coral Reefs of the Iles Eparses (designed) and Monaco’s Saint-Saens stamp.

If you are a fan of engraving, the video below is for you. Elsa Catelin appeared at MonacoPhil2019 demonstrating the art of stamp engraving. 

 

Release date: April 12, 2021


Bel Group since 1865

 

Bel Group since 1865 cancel

Bel Group since 1865 sheet

1 stamp on a sheet of 8, cancel 
Photogravure

Designer: Stéphane Humbert-Basset  

Release date: April 19, 2021


Bicentenary of the Death of Emperor Napoleon I 1769 – 1821

Napoleon 1769 - 1821 cancel 

Napoleon 1769 - 1821 two stamps 

Napoleon 1769 - 1821 souvenir folder Napoleon 1769 - 1821 info sheet

2 stamps on a block, info sheet
Stamp, sheets & map are mix of offset and intaglio

2021 Napoléon Season: bicentenary of his death – The Paris Residences of James Joyce (parisresidencesjamesjoyce.com)

Designer: Sophie Beaujard

Release date: April 19, 2021


French Red Cross: we can do it thanks to you

French Red Cross cancel  

French Red Cross we can do it thanks to you sheet_1 French Red Cross we can do it thanks to you sheet_3French Red Cross we can do it thanks to you sheet_2

French Red Cross front of booklet

10 stamps in booklet format, cancel 
Photogravure

Design: Claude Lamon, Good Impression Agency, using French Red Cross logo
Painter Ben Vautiercreated the hand written messages.

Release date: April 24, 2021


Treasures of Notre Dame – Adam and Eve

Treasures of Our Lady - Adam and Eve cancel 

Treasures of Our Lady - Adam and Eve block  Treasures of Our Lady - Adam and Eve info sheet

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, cancel, info sheet 
Intaglio

The stained glass windows of Notre-Dame – Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral (notredamedeparis.fr)
Treasures of Our Lady – Adam and Eve | The ink square (lecarredencre.fr)

Designer: Sarah Bougault  
Bougault designed an engrave her first stamp in 2010. She has engrave and/or designed 23 stamps for La Posta. She worked with Susan Scott on Canada’s 2017 Battle of Vimy Ridge 1917-2017 Memorial souvenir sheet. 

Release date:  April 26, 2021


The Horse 

Horse and equestiran tradition Horse and the Republic Horse and work 

Horse postcards CARTES_CHEVAUX_2-450x315 CARTES_CHEVAUX_3-450x315

12 stamps on 3 souvenir sheets of 4, 3 postcards 
Offset

  • The Horse & Equestrian Heritage – Photographer: ©Alain Laurioux / Ifce Cadre noir 
  • The Horse & the Republic – Photographers: ©Fabrice Bourdeau – Garde républicaine ©Pierre Lamarre – Garde républicaine
  • The Horse & Work – Photographers: ©Association Nationale du Cheval de Trait Comtois – Jean Léo Dugast – Eric Rousseaux

Designer: YOUZ

Release date: April 28, 2021


Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1889-1943

Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1889-1943 cancel 

Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1889-1943 sheet 

Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1889-1943 sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 9, cancel
Photogravure

“The desire to enrich and beautify things cannot be interpreted materialistically, that is, in the sense of increasing their value as possessions; rather, it stems from the instinct for perfection and the creative act.” Sophie Taeber-Arp 1927

Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889 – 1943) is one of the most important artists of the twentieth-century avant-garde and is considered a pioneer of Constructivist art. Reconciling extremes with confidence – Dada and Geometric Abstraction, fine art and utilitarian objects – Taeuber-Arp’s works boldly engaged with the intellectual context of international modernism. Through her multi-faceted approach to media, she challenged traditional hierarchies between fine and applied art, and asserted art’s urgent relevance to daily life. Sophie Taeuber-Arp — Artists | Hauser & Wirth (hauserwirth.com)

See also: Sophie Taeuber-Arp – Exhibition at Tate Modern | Tate

The Hauser & Wirth art gallery created this excellent bio on Taeuber-Arp. It offers an approachable look at her art and inspiration. Narrated in English, it explains the tumultuous WW1 and post war years influences clearly.

Artist: Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Designer: Marion Favreau  

Release date: April 31, 2021


Dora Maar 1907-1997

Dora Maar 1907-1997 cancel

Dora Maar 1907-1997 single stamp 

Dora Maar 1907-1997 heet

1 stamp, sheet of 9, cancel 
Photogravure

Photographer Dora Maar. Daily Art has a fascinating writeup of Dora Maar. It isn’t behind a paywall, and well worth reading. It offers more than a straightforward bio, and goes into her art, photography and influences, The Surrealistic World of Dora Maar (dailyartmagazine.com).

One of Ms Maar’s photos is used in the 2021 June Chess Game booklet, photo Cavalier – Photomontage c.1936

Centre Pompidou created a video explaining Maar and her work when they exhibited her work in 2019. It is in French, but subtitled.    

 

Designer: Marion Favreau

Release date: April 31, 2021


May

Flower patterns cancel 

Flower patterns one Flower patterns 3 Flower patterns 2 RF CT Empreintes booklet cover

12 stamps in booklet format, cancel 
Photogravure

No info sheet wasn’t issued for this, which is a pity. 

Designer: Aurélie Baras  using fabrics prints from the Museum of printing fabrics in Mulhouse Museum of Printed Textile (located in Mulhouse, Alsace). 

Release date: May 10, 2021


Bibracte – Mont Beuvray Nièvre – Saône-et-Loire

Bibracte – Mont Beuvray Nièvre – Saône-et-Loire cancel 

Bibracte – Mont Beuvray Nièvre – Saône-et-Loire stamp 

Bibracte – Mont Beuvray Nièvre – Saône-et-Loire sheet Bibracte – Mont Beuvray Nièvre – Saône-et-Loire info

Photogravure

Designer: Pierre Albuisson 
Albuisson is one of the giants of French engraving and design. He has won the “Most Beautiful Stamp” award 3 times, as well as the International Rank Xerox engraving prize. Albuisson is current president of the Art du Timbre Gravé, an organisation who actively promotes intaglio printing.

Release date: May 10, 2021


Chamonix Guides Company 1821-2021 200 YEARS

Chamonix Guides Company 1821-2021 200 YEARS cancel 

Chamonix Guides Company 1821-2021 200 YEARS stamp 

Chamonix Guides Company 1821-2021 200 YEARS sheet Chamonix Guides Company 1821-2021 200 YEARS info

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel, info sheet 
Photogravure 

Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix (chamonix-guides.com)

Designer: Bruno Ghiringhelli  
Lyon based graphic artist, Ghiringhelli designed over 150 stamps since 2001

Release date: May 25, 2021


 EUROPA Endangered National Wildlife – European mink | Eurasian Lynx | Iberian Ibex | Melibée

ENDANGERED FAUNA EUROPA cancel 

ENDANGERED FAUNA EUROPA stamp 

  Europa France 2021 endangered wildlife sheet of 15 stamps2121570-RF-DOC-Faune-en-danger-2021-Pub-min-scaled

1 stamp, cancel, sheet of 15, info sheet

Photogravure

A new vision for the critically endangered European mink – The Vincent Wildlife Trust (vwt.org.uk) 
Eurasian Lynx – International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada (wildcatconservation.org)
Iberian ibex – Wikipedia

Designer: : Broll and Prascida 
Broll & Prascida have designed stamps for both France and Andorra (FR) Visit their extensive portfolio online to see their delicately detailed work.
Cancel: Florence Gendre
Gendre is an accomplished water colourist and member of Société Française d’Illustration Botanique (SFIB)

Release date: May 25, 2021


June 

100 years of the highway code

100 years of the highway code cancel 

100 years of the highway code stap 

100 years of the highway code sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 12, cancel
Photogravure

Designer: WOOD

Release date: June 14, 2021


Elsa TRIOLET 1896-1970

Elsa TRIOLET 1896-1970 cancel 

Elsa TRIOLET 1896-1970 stamp 

Elsa TRIOLET 1896-1970 sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel
Photogravure

Elsa Triolet (1896–1970) was an important literary and political figure on the Left in Europe. The first woman to win the Prix Goncourt, she was also a decorated heroine of the French Resistance and a peace activist in the post-war era. She was a journalist, a biographer, a translator of Russian prose and poetry, a theater critic and, most important, a novelist whose books are a unique blend of political engagement, humor and fantasy. Elsa Triolet: The politics of a committed writer

Triolet, Elsa (1896–1970) | Encyclopedia.com

Designer: Ségolène Carron
Carron began her career as a graphic artist in 2012.

My approach is enriched by a work of self-production ranging from typography to illustration, through linocut or ceramics. Ségolène Carron

Photos:  © IMEC, Fonds MCC, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Gisèle Freund.

Release date: June 14, 2021


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry specials

2121790_PO_BLOC-SPECIAL-SALON_bloc-min 

Reissue of the stamp in tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry issued in 1948

5 stamps in a souvenir sheet 

These stamps are reproductions of the original 1948 Charity Stamps. Patte and Besset used Pierre Gandon original design for this set.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, pioneer aviator, writer, journalist and WW2 pilot, is better known to many for his classic novel The Little Prince.  The best biographies on Saint-Exupéry tend to be written by aviation bloggers. The Life and Times of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (aviation-history.com)

Designers: Sylvie Patte and Tanguy Besset – S&T (sylviepattetanguybesset.fr)
Engraver: Pierre Gandon 1899-1990
Gandon was an award winning designer and engraver. He created hundreds of stamps during his career, the last Gargantua for Monaco in 1984. Among his well known stamps were the 1945-1951 Marianne series and 1946 airmail set 1946 Greek Mythology. His awards included Grand Prix de Rome (1922), Prix de la Ville de Paris (1926) and the Médaille d’or des Artistes Français (1937). He was also the recipient of the Philatelic Art Prize and the Europa Prize. 

He was made Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur, Officier du Mérite postal, Commandeur du Nicham-Iftikhar, Chevalier de l’ordre de Saint Charles de Monaco. 

Release date: June 17, 2021


Cinema Cars 
Series began in 2018

Cinema cars sheet one Series began in 2018 

Angoulême

  • Porsche 917 in Le Mans
  • Bentley and Lotus Elan in Melon hat and leather boots
  • Renault NN Torpedo in Indiana Jones and the last crusade 
  • Renault 12 Gordini in The Emmerdeur

Cinema cars sheet wo Series began in 2018 backside 

Deauville

  • Ford Mustang in A Man and a Woman
  • Peugeot 403 Convertible in Columbo
  • Citröen Traction in The Gang
  • Ford Gran Torino in Starsky and Hutch.

Cinema cars sheet three Series began in 2018 backside 

Cannes

  • Dino 246 GT and Aston Martin DBS in Amicalement Vôtre 
  • Aston Martin DB5 in James Bond
  • Sunbeam Talbot Alpine from La main au collet 
  • Cadillac DeVille in Le corniaud

Postcards – play spot the movie/tv show with them.

Cinema CarsCinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars Cinema Cars

12 stamps on 3 souvenir sheets, 12 postcards
Offset

Concept creation: Gérard Crevon de Blainville
Designer: © Agency La 5ème Étape Paris

Release date: June 19, 2021


Chess – the art of the game; game in art

Chess – the art of the game; game in art cover 

Chess – the art of the game; game in art one of 3 Chess – the art of the game; game in art sheet two of 3 Chess – the art of the game; game in art sheet 3 of 3

Booklet of 12
Photogravure

Interesting set that uses images from various eras.

Along the top of each block:

  • Chess game, kings and queen in lacquer, 20th century
  • Chess and its lacquer board 19th century
  • The chess game – Oil on canvas – 1943 – Vieira da Silva
  • Chess treatise – LATIN 10286 Folio 126 – Chess chess – Lithograph – 1935 by Vasarely

Second row:

  • Cavalier – Photomontage – c.1936 – Dora Maar
  • Chess – silver and copper – XIXe century © RMN-Grand Palais (Renaissance Museum, Château d’Ecouen) 
  • Chess – mirror valve detail – c.1300 © RMN-Grand Palais (Louvre Museum) – © Daniel Arnaudet 
  • Chess – J. Puiforcat – Photography c.1928 – Thérèse Bonney © Ministry of Culture – Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais – © Droit Etat
  • Chess – hard porcelain – c.1970 – J.-J. Extension

Designer: Etienne Théry

Release date: June 21, 2021


Sport Colour Passion

Sport Colour Passion cancel 

Sport Colour Passion

6 stamps on a souvenir sheet, cancel
Photogravure

Illustrator: Sandrine Chimbaud  
Designer: Agence ABSINTHE

Release date: June 21, 2021


France Pavilion – Expo 2020 Dubai

YOUZ French Pavilion Expo 2020l cancel 

\ YOUZ French Pavilion Expo 2020l stamp 

France Pavilion – Expo 2020 Dubai sheet France Pavilion – Expo 2020 Dubai info sheet

1 stamp, sheet of 10, cancel, info sheet 
Photogravure

Illustrator: Architectural firms Atelier du Prado and Celnikier & Grabli Architectes
See the firm’s architecture renderings and photos Expo 2020 Dubai (atelierduprado.com)
Designer: YOUZ

Release date: June 21, 2021


N7 The holiday route – Paris-Menton

N7 The holiday route - Paris-Menton cancel 

N7 The holiday route South N7 The holiday route inside booklet south Holidays north outside booklet N7 The holiday route north inside booklet

booklet cover

N7 The holiday route inside booklet cover

16 stamps in two booklet
Offset

A special roadmap is available that follows the Paris to Menton route with space for each stamp.

N7 The holiday route inside booklet map

Creator: Thierry Dubois 
Dubois is an artist and cartoonist. You can see some of his work here Comics (thierrydubois.com). His blog features various N7 and N6 routes to travel along.
Designer: Agence Huitième Jour

Release date: June 21, 2021


The Little Prince 75 years old

The Little Prince 75 years old The Little Prince 75 years old

The Little Prince 1 The Little Prince 3 The Little Prince 2

12 stamps in booklet format 
Photogravure

Illustrations: Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944
Designer: David Benmussa  
Benmussa’s website is currently under construction. His Facebook page is a poor substitute, but will have to do for now. You can also visit his Instagram page to see more of his design & artwork. 


Solar Impulse pioneer of the ecological transition

Solar Impulse pioneer of the ecological transition stamp

Solar Impulse pioneer of the ecological transition stamp 

Solar Impulse pioneer of the ecological transition sheet

1 stamp, sheet of  12, cancel
Photogravure

Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB) Solar Airplane (aerospace-technology.com) and Solar Impulse HB-SIA Solar Airplane – Aerospace Technology (aerospace-technology.com)

Designer: Eloïse Oddos

Release date: June 21, 2021


 

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