Size: 31 x 45.5 inches
Artist: Maurice Tranchant
This poster was produced in the 1930s by France's ministry of tourism and transportation. It features the many chateaux of the Pays Nantais in western France, specifically the Touraine-Anjou area. Each castle and important landmarks are painstakingly illustrated in beautiful detail by Maurice Tranchant de Lunel (1869-1944) (a 20th century architect, writer, and illustrator), with its name neatly written underneath.
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley (French: Châteaux de la Loire) are part of the architectural heritage of the historic towns of Ambroise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours along the Loire River in France. They illustrate Renaissance ideals of design in France. The Loire Valley was the place where most of the French royalty preferred to spend the bulk of their time. The ascension to the throne of King Louis XIV in the middle of the 17th century made Paris the permanent site for great royal châteaux when he built the Palace of Versailles. Today, these privately owned châteaux serve as homes, a few open their doors to tourist visits, while others are operated as hotels or bed and breakfasts, or are even taken over by a local government authority and are major tourist sites, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
This is a gorgeous tribute to France's rich history in chateaux, perfect for any lover of architecture or the French landscape! Poster is professionally linen backed and has repaired tears, in B condition.