BIOGRAPHY: Pierre Forget

Pierre Forget was born on 5 December 1923.

Forget was a teacher at the Ecole Estienne for a while, at least in the 1950s. Among his pupils was the future stamp engraver Yves Beaujard.

Forget loved the challenge of designing and engraving stamps, especially of trying to create a sense of movement on a very small scale. He wasn't choosy when it came to subjects, saying he enjoyed creating his revolutionary figures on the 1989 Red Cross Fund stamps, which marked the bicentenary of the French Revolution as much as he enjoyed engraving his 1997 stamp celebrating the fresh fish merchants from Boulogne. That latter stamp is also a good example of how Forget liked to give his work a sense of movement.

Forget also liked the challenge of making engravings for the philatelic documents of stamps which were originally issued printed in say photogravure or lithography. Having to reinterpret the stamp design always got his artistic juices flowing. Another 'peripheral' philateliuc item which is worth moentioning is the engraving Forget did for a La Poste postcard of 1997, for which he engraved a beautiful Puss in Boots.

Having been described as a discreet man, Forget nevertheless loved to come along on the many 'first day of issue' events around the country.

In 2004, Forget was interviewed on the occasion of a new French stamp issue, the Luçon Cathedral stamp, part of the annual Tourism series. From that interview it becomes clear that Forget was just as enthusiastic about creating and engraving stamps then as when he was when he just started out in the early 1960s. He talked about how he loved the creative process of design, how he experimented with various views of the cathedral, how he tried to please both the Luçon people and the postal authorities, who had different views on how the cathedral should be depicted.

Forget's Luçon cathedral stamp proved so popular in Luçon that they even named a street after him; a fitting tribute for what turned out to be Forget's final French stamp. Unfortunately, Pierre Forget did not make it to the official ceremony because he had just passed away, on 30 January 2005.

You will find Pierre Forget's database HERE.

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