Yves Thos

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Yves Thos
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Born29 October 1935
Clichy, France
DiedOctober 13, 2020(2020-10-13) (aged 84)
Saint-Chaptes, France
Known for
  • Painting
  • Illustrating
  • Drawing
  • Poster design
Spouse(s)Béatrice Thos
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Yves Thos (29 October 1935 – 13 October 2020) was a French painter, leader of a poster artist trend, and author of masterpieces now listed in the Cinema World Heritage.[1] Since the 1980’s, his paintings have created a new pictural generation which naturally originated from posters and figurative contemporary art.


Yves Thos began his painting career as a cinema poster artist at the age of nineteen, never to leave it again. He painted his first posters for the firm Pathé-Cinéma. He was immediately acknowledged and noticed by the biggest movie companies. He created the visual catchphrase of La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, as well as the poster for the film La Femme et le Pantin, which became must-see movies during the poster golden age (from 1950 to 1980)... Both are now registered to the Cinema World Heritage. He is also the author of posters for films as diverse as Cartouche (film) Don Camillo Monseigneur, Le Capitan or Goldfinger. He also flourished by working on magazine covers, book covers and advertising campaigns like those of Uncle Ben's, Coca Cola or Oasis. In 1965, at the Pilote newspaper, he was the cover designer for Bob Morane1, Barbe Rouge2 and Les Aventures de Tanguy et Laverdure3, with Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny. Illustrator of Dinky Toys boxes, catalogs and posters from 1967 to 1969, he was entrusted with the creation of a collection of works by the writer Stephen King. Yves Thos mainly paints characters. Whether African or Asian, a peasant or a dancer, known or unknown, woman has been his favorite model. A great vivid colors and light magician, he is fond of contrasts, duality, gradation from darkness to overexposure. His paintings, both dream and contemplation invite you to meditate. Along 40 years of creation, Yves Thos has asserted himself as an exemplary international artist, and many of his pieces belong to international private collections. Yves Thos died in Saint-Chaptes on 13 October 2020 at the age of 84


  1. "Disparition du peintre et affichiste Yves Thos". Actua BD (in French). 8 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

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