Decaris, Albert

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Decaris, Albert Gender: M
Albert Marius Hippolyte Decaris
born on 6 May 1901 at 05:20 (= 05:20 AM )
Place Sotteville, France, 49n25, 1e06
Timezone LST m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°58' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 11°52 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 29°35'

Portrait of Albert Decaris 
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Albert Decaris
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French artist, engraver, painter and aquarellist.

At only 19, he won the Concours de Rome, the most prised award for young artists in France at the time. He has been elected fellow of the French Académie des Beaux Arts in 1943.

He was first illustrator of luxury art books, such as Le chant de mon voyage vers la Grèce (my Grecian travel’s song) by Léon Cathlin, Combourg by Chateaubriand, Les discours des misères de ce temps (Discourse regarding the misery of the present time) by Ronsard, Les destinées (destiny) by Alfred de Vigny, etc. In 1931, he produced a Macbeth. After 1958, President Charles de Gaulle was fond of Decaris’s works, especially of the illustration of his own book Le fil de l’épée (The edge of the sword).

In the 1930s, he embarked himself into postal stamps carving, resulting in more than 500 such vignettes, for the French or other (mostly African) postal services. Stamp collectors are fond of Decaris stamps, as well as of the numerous associated derivative products: small images or illustrated envelopes sold the first day a new stamp is emitted.

At the same time, he was preparing large plates mostly for his own pleasure, on a wide variety of subjects: careful (almost technical) representations of monuments and places of interest, as was the task of an engraver in the 19th century; scenes of history, real life or imaginary; scenes of mythology or of imagination, not far from surrealism; mere caricatures, with a sense of humour. Some are bounded in albums, such as The Apocalypse or The Zodiac.

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Source Notes

BC in hand from Didier Geslain archive, file peintres, photo 42


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (painter, engraver, creator of post stamps)