Jacques Nathan Garamond

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Jacques Nathan Garamond
Jacques Nathan

(1910-03-26)March 26, 1910
DiedFebruary 25, 2001(2001-02-25) (aged 90)
Known forGraphic design, illustration, painting

Jacques Nathan Garamond (26 March 1910 – 25 February 2001) was a French graphic designer.[1]


His birth name was Jacques Nathan. During the Second World War, he changed his last name to Garamond, and used his actual name of Nathan as a middle name.

He studied at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, and served as Director of Contemporary Architecture prior to commencing his career as a designer.

After the war, he became a graphic artist, whose work included the poster for the 1949 UNESCO exhibition "Les Droits de l'Homme" on the Rights of Man. He has also designed trademarks, packaging, book design, illustrations, posters[2] and corporate identities. He has done commercial work for companies such as Mazda, Air France and Telefunken.

In 1952, Nathan Garamond became a founding member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). His wife Cathy was an active supporter of AGI and was appointed as one of its officers for life. In 1957, Garamond received a gold medal at the Milan Triennale.[citation needed] In 1964 he participated in the Kassel Documenta III.

Garamond was a professor at the International School and professor at the École supérieure d'arts graphiques Penninghen.

His art is held by major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Jacques Nathan Garamond". nytimes.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Jacques Nathan-Garamond Auction Results". Artnet. 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  3. ^ "Jacques Nathan-Garamond". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  4. ^ ""The progress of democracy seems irresistible, because it is the most uniform, the most ancient, and the most permanent tendency which is to be found in history."--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man. by Jacques Nathan Garamond / American Art". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  • documenta III. Internationale Ausstellung; Katalog: Band 1: Malerei und Skulptur; Band 2: Handzeichnungen; Industrial Design, Graphik; Kassel/Köln 1964