Size: 24.5 x 39 inches
Artist: E. Paul Champseix
This 1930s travel poster by E. Paul Champseix was created to advertize the Mareges Dam, a concrete arch dam on the Dordogne River in Central France. It was built to generate hydroelectricity and therefore help France become less dependent on costly energy resource imports after World War I. Designed by André Coyne, it incorporated several innovative features to include a ski-jump spillway, the right abutment anchored with a prestressed cable and monitored with audible signals and a new cofferdam design. Construction began in 1932 and it officially opened in 1935. Released in 1936, this poster would have commemorated its inauguration.
E. Paul Champseix was a French poster artist who was especially active throughout the 1920s and 1930s, specializing in stunningly elegant and colourful posters. His body of work shows that he felt as comfortable depicting stoic castles to snowy mountaintops and sun-cast landscapes or humble harbours -- which he did using every colour from his palette. His painterly style would look stunning in any room of the home, and would instantly elevate the decor of any office or even restaurant!