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Original Vintage Air France Amerique du Sud Poster by Victor Vasarely 1946

Air France - Amerique du Sud Vasarely Small

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12.5" x 19.5" - 32cm x 50cm

This is one of the most iconic of the Air France posters. A constellation propeller plane swoops over the setting sun as it prepares for landing in the immediately recognizable Rio de Janeiro landscape. The plane is a DC-4, the main production airliner in the postwar time period. The artist of this poster is Victor Vasarely (1908-1997), the famous painter known mostly for his abstract works. When Vasarely first moved to Paris from Hungary in the 1930s and '40s, he worked as an illustrator to pay the bills. This is the only example of a work by Vasarely for Air France, and is distinctive in its difference in style than what many know him for today.

Air France was formed in 1933 through a merger of several smaller international companies. These smaller airlines had already built extensive networks across the world, and when combined under the Air France umbrella they created an exciting accessibility to fliers. Air France remains one of the most highly regarded international airlines, servicing 78 countries around the world. It served as France's primary national flag carrier for seven decades prior to its 2003 merger with KLM.

Posters have always been essential to Air France’s communications. It has one of the greatest collections in the world with over 1500 posters created by the most famous illustrators. Air France posters are usually striking, with few words, and depict destinations as dream-like and air travel as making dreams come true.

This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster was printed on heavyweight printmaking paper. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

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