Raymond Peynet, often called by his surname is a French humorous illustrator (16 November, 1908-14 February, 1999).
He is mostly famous for creating the pair of “Lovers” known as The Lovers of Peynet (Les Amoureux de Peynet) in 1942. He became, quite literally, a household name in the 1950s and 60s when his pair of ‘Lovers’ shot to prominence internationally and particularly in France.
They appeared in prints, cards, ceramics, tea-trays, key-rings - pretty nearly anything. The lovers, poet and his beloved, were inspired by a music stand, which since then has been called as Peynet music stand. The illustration inspired the famous song of Georges Brassens « Les amoureux des bancs publics »(“The Lovers of the public benches”).
Although his cartoons were published in some American fashion magazines, he did not succeed very well any further since American editors found his work “Too sweet” for the audience.
Raymond Peynet brought warmth and charm to his readers and admirers and is still remembered. In 2000, La Poste française (The French Post) issued a stamp tribute to the illustrator, picturing his two characters next to the music stand by which they were inspired. There are 2 museums dedicated to Raymond Peynet in France: one in Antibes and another in Brassac-les-Mines. There are also 2 museums of his work in Japan, in Karuizawa and Sakuto. Raymond Peynet was honored a title of Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters in 1987.
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