Villemot

Colorful Graphics

Raymond Savignac

Raymond Savignac

If you’ve been in my house or read some older Wry Home blog posts, you would know that I have a passion for 1950s posters. I use them all the time in home design (see here) because of the fabulous colors and bold graphic illustrations.

Jean Carlu, 1956

Jean Carlu, 1956

Vintage posters can be a reasonably priced alternative to other forms of artwork and make a big impact in a room.

Bernard Villemot

Bernard Villemot

Many of the artists from the 1950s/1960s became quite well known for their product and travel posters.  In 1949, French graphic artist Raymond Savignac’s works were exhibited with those of his contemporary graphic poster artist Bernard Villemot at the Gallery of Beaux Arts in Paris. Villemot designed logos and posters for Orangina, and over time these works would become some of his best known. In 1963, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris held an exhibition of his works and by the end of his life in 1989, he was known as one of the last great poster artists. Many collectors and critics consider him to be the “painter-laureate of modern commercial art.”

Jean Colin, 1960

Jean Colin, 1960

Jean Colin studied at the college of decorative arts in Paris and taught there from 1951 on.  His work was featured at numerous graphic arts exhibitions, and Colin himself was the founder of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Jean Colin

Jean Colin

Jean Desaleux is another celebrated French illustrator of 1950s and ’60s posters.

Jean Desaleux

Jean Desaleux

There is some stiff competition for a favorite graphic artist from this period!

1960 Olympia typewriter poster by Max Velthuys

1960 Olympia typewriter poster by Max Velthuys

1948 Italian Art Deco Poster by Faentine

1948 Italian Art Deco Poster by Faentine

1961 Italian Travel Poster

1961 Italian Travel Poster

1950s Vitabrill ad

1950s Vitabrill ad

I have collected a quite a few vintage posters over the years and will have some available to buy on my blog at the end of this month (September, 2015).  I am very excited to share them with you!

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There will be no Wry Home blog post next week though.  We are taking our youngest to college for her freshman year and I will be too sad…

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Vintage Poster Fair

P1050518The International Vintage Poster Fair was this past weekend in New York.  I realize this doesn’t interest everyone, but these are what I LOVE.

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Our friend Mireille Romand from Galerie Documents in Paris invited us to come see her at the fair.  We have found some of our favorite posters at her lovely store on the rue de Seine (see here).

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I love shopping for vintage posters and the fair had exhibitors from France, Switzerland, England, Belgium and the US.  I was like a kid in a candy store….

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Dachshund!!!!!!

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All of the posters at the fair are original printings and the prices are very reasonable.  We saw some quirky posters like this little Martian, an old Binaca ad and a Dutch book poster.

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I love these two fragrance posters, I rarely see perfume prints.

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We found some new posters we hadn’t seen before by our favorite artists Villemot and Gruau.

Villamont lady on a train

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Villamont jockeys

Villemot Jockeys

Villamont Trains

Villemot Trains

Gruen

Gruau “cat lady”

Some are more valuable than others (Gruau is getting hard to find), but they are all fun.

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I dragged my mom and husband to the show and (I think) they enjoyed it as much as I did.  I am already looking forward to next year!

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Posters as Artwork

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About 13 years ago, my husband and I were celebrating a certain birthday I won’t share with you, when we saw this poster in the window of a small shop.  The brilliant green color and bird hat on this wonderful woman stopped both of us.  The store was Galerie Documents at 53 rue de Seine.  We walked in and spoke to the charming owner, and left with this lady tucked under our arm.

Poster illustrated by Rene Gruau

Poster illustrated by Rene Gruau

The artist, Rene Gruau, was a renowned fashion illustrator who became one of the best known and favorite artists of the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s.  The store owner didn’t mention anything to us about the artist.  We were just excited to have another option for our walls rather than a hodgepodge of family photos and nautical maps my husband collects!

Two lipstick ads by Rene Gruau on either end

Two lipstick ads by Rene Gruau on either end

Gruau’s artwork is recognized internationally in some of France and Italy’s most prestigious art museums, including the Louvre.  He collaborated with fashion houses such as Givency, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain and Dior during his career.  He moved to the US in 1948 to work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue before becoming the exclusive artist for Flair.  We grabbed the two lipstick ads by him above a few years later and love how they look in our living room.

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Bernard Villemot is another French graphic artist we discovered along the way.  He is known for his iconic images of Orangina, Perrier and Air France from the 1950s.

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We love how colorful and fun his images are, and they can be very reasonable if you want to decorate your walls with something different.  Villemot won every award in his field, and was considered the greatest French “posterist” of his time.  He died in 1989.

Villemot in our office

Villemot in our office

Our nautical maps have since been moved upstairs…  It is hard for us to resist when we find a new poster by one of these artists or others.  They add brilliant color to a room and an interesting piece of history – all at a wonderful value.

Classic Villemot Perrier ad

Classic Villemot Perrier ad

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