Monday 24 May 2021

Raymond Peynet - part 1

Raymond Peynet was born in Paris in 1908. At age fifteen he gained entrance to the famous “Ecole des Arts Appliqués,” a school which happened to be located just opposite the bistro owned by his parents who had moved from the Auvergne to Paris some years before.

He really started learning his trade when he began work as a draughtsman for Tolmer, an advertising agency in Paris, doing various tasks from sweeping the floor to drawing labels for perfume bottles and decorating biscuit boxes, eventually progressing to the creation of various advertisements. In 1930 he married Denise Damour.

In order to make a better living, he started publishing his drawings in the Parisian press which included many popular editions at that time: Le Rire, Rire à deux, Paris magazine, The Boulevardier (a publication for the British population in Paris). But it was in 1942 that his life would take a new turn.

Having been asked to deliver a confidential document to a correspondent located in Valence in the department of the Drôme, he was sitting on a bench where the appointment with the correspondent had been arranged. This bench was right opposite the music kiosk (classified historical monument since 1982). He drew a young, long-haired violinist playing alone in the kiosk and a young girl listening to him with great admiration.
A number of years later the violinist was replaced by a poet and the girl became his lover.

Les Amoureux de Peynet were born. Their images travelled across the world and were reproduced on porcelain, scarves and dolls, in books, as medallions and even statues (such as the one erected in Hiroshima, Japan). The image of the Peynet lovers has been stamped on anything symbolising love! Georges Brassens would not have written “Les bancs publics” (Public benches) without my lovers, said Peynet.
Charles Aznavour also dedicated a song to them interpreted by Marcel Amont: “les amants en papier” (Paper lovers).

Biographical notes by Annie Peynet, his granddaughter.

Statue of The Lovers in Antibes, France

Four museums are presently dedicated to Peynet: Antibes, Brassac les Mines, Karuizawa (Nagano, Japan) and Mimasaka (Okayama, Japan). Raymond Peynet died on 14 January 1999 at the age of 90.

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the works of Raymond Peynet:

1943 - And with that my old man, housewife!....

1943 - For both of us, you and me, my dream....
- You say darling?
- Names of villas to rob.

1943 - Guess? My darling...

1943 - I would like a little brother, here is the packaging....

1943 Look, an old lady who's going to make her nest....

1943 - Mine is all twisted!...

1943 - The exit please?
- fourth harp on the left, there are threee broken strings.

1943 The Fying Carpet
lithograph 31 x 23 cm

1943 The little distracted

1943 The little pacifist

1943 The ploughman received a letter from his fiancée.

1943 - You're leaving already?
-Yes, mother told me to come back early....

1948 The little misfortunes of happiness
India ink on paper 36 x 26.8 cm

1949 la maternelle 
 (The Children of Montmartre)
movie poster

c1950 Know how to offer only pleasure

1950c Léo Noël à L'Ecluse
poster 54.5 x 32 cm

c1950 Which floor Miss? 
The 7th heaven?
China ink 37 x 28 cm

1950s Advertisement for Schiaparelli perfumes

1954 The Lover's Pocketbook 
published by Perpetua, London:

"It can't be very gay for you - living all alone in a forest!"

Love in harmony
" A-lou-ette, gentille a-lou-et-te..."

Lover's Reckoning

" I'm a fishmonger."
"And I'm a typist in a flower shop."

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1954 XXo Salone Internazionale dell'umorismo, Bordighera

c1954 Poster for Galeries Lafayette, Paris

1955 Amor auf Weltreise (Cupid on a World Tour)
published by Rowohlt Verlag, Germany

1955 Amor auf Weltreise (Cupid on a World Tour)
published by Rowohlt Verlag, Germany

1955 Amor auf Weltreise (Cupid on a World Tour)
published by Rowohlt Verlag, Germany

1955 Cherry Time
-Christian Dior?
_ No! My little fruit tree...

1955-56 Air France booklet:

1955-56 Air France booklet
gouache on Arches paper 28 x 13 cm

1955-56 Air France booklet
gouache on Arches paper 28 x 13 cm

1955-56 Air France booklet
gouache on Arches paper 28 x 13 cm

1955-56 Air France booklet
gouache on Arches paper 28 x 13 cm

1956 The Lover's Bedside Book

1956 The Lover's Bedside Book
Title page

1956 The Lover's Bedside Book
"But darling, how can you exist without a phone"

1956 The Lover's Bedside Book
"Just a short business trip, darling"

1957 Tulipes de Bagatelle

1958 - Happy New Year 1958!

1958 The Lover's Keepsake
published by Grosset & Dunlap

1958 The Lover's Keepsake
"Oh darling, I never knew you had it in you"

1959 Love for a lifetime by Jean Duché
German edition

1959 Love for a lifetime by Jean Duché

1959 Pink Zone
- Don't worry honey, I'll have it removed...
Paris Match 4 April 1959
pencil and ink on paper 35.5 x 25.2

1960s -You haven't finished looking at me lovingly
pencil and ink on cardboard 32.5 x 25 cm

1963 Original artworks previously displayed at the Rowntree Factory in York, UK.

All pen and ink and watercolour 15 x 20 cm each:

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