An unexpectedly lyrical and artistic image promoting travel to New York City. The reflection of the city’s skyscrapers in the lake and the soft, pastel-like rendering of the image are both sophisticated and charming.Learn more ›
A figure of much controversy, Joe Camel originally made headlines in January of 1980 when the Chambre Correctionelle de Paris ruled that the design violated French law, allowing only the package or its trademark to be shown but no one physically smoking. Years later, he would again figure in the news when a war was waged against his ability to specifically target children.Learn more ›
A stream-lined, Art Deco segment of the Orinoco with her black hull and red, yellow and black funnels, presented in such a way as to imply her massive size. Anton was a native of Hamburg who started working for a local agency there, but from 1921 on, had his own studio where he produced a large body of work for Hapag, the big transatlantic conglomerate. Later, he became an art instructor at the Bremen High School of Art.Learn more ›
John Pashe designed The Rolling Stones’ iconic “tongue and lip” logo in 1971, as well as four concert posters between 1970 and 1974. Each of his posters for the band is a paean to the Art Deco transportation designs of the 1920s and 30s, reinterpreted with a post-Haight Ashbury flourish.Learn more ›
Food and drink clients often brought out the best in Mauzan’s artistry. This festive woman dripping in grapevines toasts us from her perch on a life-size red rocking horse. It’s one of those images that makes no sense when deconstructed, but perfect sense as an advertising message.Learn more ›
The resort of Trouville advertises its newest attraction, a large public swimming pool, complete with diving boards of various degrees of acrophobia attacks. The symphony of blues which Molusson chooses to dominate the design is resoundingly cool and calming.Learn more ›
This is Savignac’s most celebrated poster; its importance to his career is made clear in the first words of his autobiography: “I was born as the age of 41, weaned on the udder of the Monsavon cow.” The design lets us know in no uncertain terms that this Procter & Gamble soap is made with milk. As an accurate picture of how that’s accomplished, it leaves something to be desired; as a delightful poster, nothing. Savignac was the enfant terrible of French poster art, who, along with Bernard Villemot, had more impact on that country’s graphics of the past forty years than any other artist. As for his style, there are no displays of technical virtuosity that might compete with the wit-only disarmingly simple, almost childish brushwork, basic colors and uncluttered design.
Bibliographie: “Savignac affichiste”, n°314a, p.299
Musée de l’Affiche – Exposition “trois siècles d’affiches françaises”, n°103
“Les réclames des années 50 “,p.54
“Savignac de A à Z “, p.21Learn more ›
Riding the glorious stretch of rail along the Hudson River between West Point Military Academy and the Bear Mountain Bridge (seen here in the distance), the aerodynamic, steel cars of a New York Central System train are heading toward New York City, pulled by the “New” Empire State Express, which was launched in 1941. Zega p. 127.Learn more ›
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