Size: 24.5 x 39 inches
Artist: Chaboseau, J.
A fabulous Art Deco poster advertising Les Iles de L'Ocean (Engl: islands of the ocean) - designed by Chaboseau in 1930. It features Eglise de St-Martin-de-Re, a fourteenth-century Gothic parish dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints who is sometimes venerated as a military saint. As he was born in what is now Szombathely, Hungary, spent much of his childhood in Pavia, Italy, and lived most of his adult life in France, he is considered a spiritual bridge across Europe. Conscripted as a soldier into the Roman army, he found the duty incompatible with the Christian faith he had adopted and became an early conscientious objector.
The SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français; "French National Railway Corporation"), is France's national state-owned railway company. Begun in 1938, it used posters from its inception to advertise the multitude of destinations which were served by its rail-lines. We feel that this poster, created shortly after the company itself was founded, is a wonderful testament to Art Deco design: strong colors and visuals which pop, clean graphic design and great typography. Classic!
Printed by Chaix Paris, poster is lined and in very good condition. From a private collection.