Rina Ketty (1911-1996) was a superstar in 1930s and 1940s France. This poster was created to promote her latest single with Pathe, "Sombreros et Mantilles". Ketty rose to fame in the years leading up to the outbreak of WWII, when many European countries took influence and inspiration from one another. "Sombreros et Mantilles" was a love ballad about a French woman who leaves her lover in Spain, and it borrows heavily from flamenco beats.
Ketty became famous the same year of this poster, 1938, for a song called "J'attendrai". The song ("I Will Wait" in English) became a smash hit during the early years of WWII and was particularly loved by homesick soldiers at The Front. Rina Ketty was born and raised in Italy, and came to France to become a star. Her Italian-accented French was considered extremely charming, and many of her songs leaned on Italian, Spanish, and pan-European references.
Jean Dominique van Caulaert (1897-1979) was a highly regarded artist of the Art Deco movement. He is best known for his portraits of French entertainers from the cabaret scene, from Edith Piaf to Josephine Baker.
This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition.
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