Proche Orient was created in 1950 by the French artist Jean Even (1910–1986) for Air France. The airline was founded in 1933 and it is still one of the largest in France and Europe. Air France wanted to show with their posters that they were flying to many places, even if they were remote and lesser known.
Proche Orient translates to Near East. The main building in this poster is the Hagia Sophia, a grand Greek Orthodox Christian church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Far in the background, across the water, one can distinguish a few buildings that resemble antique Greek temples. The artist wanted to emphasize the close relation between the Near East and Europe, not only geographical but also historical. Istanbul was once part of the Roman Empire and Hagia Sophia has some of the best roman byzantine mosaics left in the world. Even uses softened graphics that result in a warm image, with a beautiful contrast between warm and cold colors.
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