1989 French Poster, Le Petit-Déjeuner de Babar, Elephant's Breakfast

Date: 1989
Size:  31 x 23.5 inches
Notes: Offset lithograph, linen backed
Artist: Brunhoff, Jean de (after)

About The Poster: Babar the Elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in 1931 in the French children's book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff. 

The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff's wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant Babar whose mother is killed by a hunter. Babar escapes, and in the process leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. Just as he returns to his community of elephants, their king dies from eating a bad mushroom. Because of his travels and civilization, Babar is appointed king of the elephant kingdom. He marries his cousin, and they subsequently have children and teach them valuable lessons. The book series show the successful civilization of someone by the Western World.

This poster is titled 'Le Petit-Déjeuner de Babar,' which translates to 'Babar's Breakfast'. It shows two of Brunhoff's characters in bed, enjoying early morning tea and croissants... how perfectly French! This would look adorable framed in a children's room, or even in a kitchen!