Size: image is 11.5 x 11 inches; framed to 19 x 18.5 inches
Artist: René Vincent
It's probably not wise for a poster dealer to disclose their personal favorites, but I have to admit that René Vincent is among the top designers I admire most: not just because his art is meaningful or important but also because it is fun, spirited and it never fails to make me smile. Vincent was for many years an illustrator for humor and fashion magazines, and didn’t begin creating posters until his forties. Once he did however, he was most prolific. Along with his many automobile posters, especially notable are his posters for the Bon Marche department store which he designed between 1925 and 1932. All combine humor and elegance and not uncommonly, feature a svelte, fashionable woman in the sleek new styles of the day.
This piece was done to inspire the French population to smoke French cigarettes (vive la Republique!). The colors are vibrant and the children are playful; dressed as a bellhop, a cowgirl, a gentleman, and a bagpipe player, they parade down the street playing ball and carrying Jenga towers of cigarette packets! In excellent condition and framed to 19 x 18.5 inches.