Jean Messagier

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A key figure in twentieth-century French painting, Jean Messagier (1920-1999) was often linked to Lyrical Abstraction, but himself refused any labels. He came to work at the Bordas print shop in 1983. We produced three images in lithographic crayon and spray paint: "Betty Boop," "Buster Brown" and "The Springtime." We also collaborated on an issue of "Cargo," a collection of art revues published at the shop. In the late 1980s, we made an artist's book together commissioned by the city of Amiens on Jules Verne, its native son, entitled "Imaginary Vernaniens."