IN MEMORIAM : GUY BÉART (1930-2015)

A tribute to Guy Béart in Paris Match

A tribute to Guy Béart in Paris Match

The legendary singer and songwriter Guy Béart passed away on September 16th, at age 85. The reclusive and self-effacing Béart was among the last survivors of the golden age of "chanson française" and had written songs for the likes of Juliette Greco, Yves Montand and Maurice Chevalier.

Described by his actress daughter Emmanuelle as "an anarchist and iconoclast, pure and simple" Béart could be linked to Guy Peellaert in one surprising way : upon his arrival in Paris following the release of The Adventures of Jodelle in 1966, the Belgian artist accepted an early commission from Béart and created his very first record cover with Guy Béart Chante l'Espace.

In keeping with the Jodelle style, Peellaert used a background of vivid flat colors, contrasted with a thick black line drawing which he used to depict a streamlined portrait of Béart. In 2013, the Estate initiated a search to track down the original ink drawings in order to have them photographed. Alas, after months of trying to locate the works in the vast, unruly archive he kept in his fortress-like mansion in the Paris suburb of Garches, the singer was forced to give up the search as his health began to deteriorate. 

Who knows when and where these early pieces might turn up... 
 

Guy Béart Chante l'Espace, by Guy Peellaert (1966)

The B-side of Guy Béart Chante l'Espace.