Jean-Michel Folon (March 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005) was a Belgian artist, illustrator, painter, and sculptor. He actually became more widely known in the United States before gaining recognition in Europe. He was one of the earliest illustrators for the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.
His obituary in that newspaper noted: "Known by only his last name, Folon created art that was popular in France and in the United States from the 1960s to the present, on posters, in books and magazines and in various advertising campaigns. His most widely seen piece was the 1989 logo for the bicentennial of the French revolution: three soaring birds. ... In 1975 Folon met his most important patron, the writer and art director Giorgio Soavi of Olivetti, the Italian typewriter manufacturer, with whom he collaborated on many books published by the company, including "Letters to Giorgio," a collection of beautifully illustrated, free-form, self-generated missives."
As these postcards verify, the above date of 1975 is a bit confusing. Folon's mailart correspondence with Soavi began much earlier in 1967, but it was in '75 that the book was published. These 8 postcards are a delightful sampling of some of that mailart. These cards, like the book, were printed in Italy by Alice Editions. But two of the cards are from a distributor in Paris and are copyrighted "1984 Blue Shadow."
The cards vary in size from 6.25 by 4.25 inches to 5.5 by 4.25 inches.
Please note: I'm requiring insurance on these cards because based on my online research, these cards are out of print. I package items well protected, but if lost, these cards would be almost irreplaceable.
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