In 1977, Yves Beaujard returned to France where he became an independent illustrator and engraver. During that time he illustrated various book covers, especially for children books. He also continued to work for his American clients. He always kept a soft spot for the United States.
In 2004, the Art du Timbre Gravé association was founded, and Yves Beaujard accepted the post of Vice-President. He said that when President Pierre Albuisson had told him about how he wanted to take action to preserve the hand-engraved stamp, Beaujard was soon convinced of the importance of this, and immediately agreed to join the association as its Vice-President.
Yves Beaujard has always been rather pro active when it comes to encouraging others to learn how to engrave. Not only among artists, Sarah Bougault for example has said she was introduced to the art of engraving by Yves Beaujard when she met him at the Ecole Estienne, but Yves Beaujard also visits secondary schools to try and enthuse the kids to learn about the art of stamps design, engravings and the various printing processes.
In 2008, his Marianne design was chosen by President Sarkozy. The design was used from 2008 to 2013.
You will find Yves Beaujard's database HERE.