Bernard Becan (1890-1943)
Becan, born in Paris, was a draftsman, lithographer, etcher, engraver, illustrator, and poster designer who lived and worked in Paris. During the First World War he served in the Foreign Legion and produced illustrations for journals and posters. After the war he continued his work as a graphic artist and illustrated a number of books for Louis Delluc Dekobra Maurice, Georges Simenon, Henri Béraud, Paul Morand, Joseph Kessel, René Jeanne and Louis Roubault. In 1943, partly in protest to being forced by the occupying Germans to wear a yellow star, he starved himself to death.We are grateful to Chris Mees for his assistance.