France – Philippines Joint Issue: Jacques Villon & Macario Vitalis


France – The work of the painters, one Frenchman, Jacques Villon, the other Filipino, Macario Vitalis, illustrates the joint program commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and the Republic of the Philippines. Jacques Villon, whose real name was Gaston Émile Duchamp, was born in 1875 and is the eldest of the famous Duchamp-Villon family of artists. Influenced by Impressionism, he later endeavored to give a different vision of cubism, and will be at the origin of the Group of Puteaux, around Camille Laurent. He will frequent Macario Vitalis.

This Filipino painter knew France well. Born in 1898 in Lapog, Philippines, he left to earn a living in California, then joined France in 1926. He attended Camille Renault’s circle in Puteaux, and in particular Jacques Villon who inspired him at the beginning of his career.

After this Cubist period, he returned to an impressionist style. His work focuses on representing places in Brittany, religious scenes, but also daily life and some portraits. In the 1950s he settled in Plestin-les-Grèves in Brittany, until the 1980s to return to the Philippines where he died in 1989.

Issue Date: 27.06.2017
Designer: Lune Rousse
Process: Heliogravure
Size: 40.85 X 30 mm
Values: 0.85€, 1.30€