Folon, Jean-Michel

1982 Original Folon Poster, Roland Garros French Open Tennis Tournament (Artist Signed)

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  • 1982 Original Folon Poster, Roland Garros French Open Tennis Tournament (Artist Signed)

Folon, Jean-Michel

1982 Original Folon Poster, Roland Garros French Open Tennis Tournament (Artist Signed)

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Date: 1982
Size: 22 x 30 inches
Artist: Jean-Michel Folon

When Folon died in 2005, the Guardian wrote: "Born in Uccle, near Brussels, the son of a paper wholesaler, Folon initially studied architecture, but by 1955 he had abandoned a country he regarded as a "mental prison" and headed for Paris. He ended up living in a gardener's pavilion in Bougival, on the outskirts of the capital, where he spent five years as a draughtsman. By the early 1960s, when he visited the United States, he was selling graphics work to Esquire, Horizon, Atlantic Monthly and Time; by 1964, his drawings were on display at the Librairie Le Palimugre in Paris.

His designs often included a conventionally dressed Everyman figure, with a stereotypical brimmed hat and arrows instead of eyes, marooned in an empty landscape or penned in by slablike skyscrapers. As Folon put it, "we live surrounded by boxes." In 1967 he even represented the Statue of Liberty with prison bars around her mouth."

This poster for the French Tennis Open at the Roland Garros Tournament is in excellent condition, artist-signed, and ready to frame.

For trivia fans: Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam tournament to join the "Open" era in 1968, and since then many tennis greats have graced the famous clay courts, including Björn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Home fans will never forget 1983, the year Yannick Noah became the first, and so far only Frenchman to win the singles title. In 2018, Nadal became the first man in tennis history to win 11 titles at the same Grand Slam championship.