Charles Kiffer

Charles Kiffer (Paris 1902 - Paris 1992)

His mother taught piano and his father was a tailor, working for many comedians. Exposed early in the
artistic worl, Kiffer began to draw and paint caricatures of actors. From 1918 he attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. He designed in 1923 for his own pleasure the portrait of Maurice Chevalier,who later entrusted him with the realization of posters of his shows in 1926 en 1927. This became the
poster for Mautrice Chevalier and he was commissioned for 13 more posters until 1963.

Charles Kiffer was also fascinated by printing processes and produced his own lithographs form 1929.
He illustrated many of the posters for stars like George Guétary, Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Gaby Morley. He also designed in the field of dance, theater in circus, gig names like Josephine Baker,
Brigitte Bardot, Mistinguette and the clown Alex Porto.

During World War II he was engaged by the French Airforce to design and paint camouflage for the French aircraft. After the war he returned to the show business and designed posters for artists like Gilbert Bécaud, Annie Cordy, Les Compagons de la Chanson and Marcel Marceau.

Charles Kiffer died in Paris on January, 20, 1992.