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Original French Poster by Pierre Fix Masseau Antar Graphite c1935

Antar Graphite

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23.2" x 31.3" - 59cm x 80cm

This is an original vintage poster for a French petroleum engine lubrication product. Antar was the oil company that invented and manufactured Antar Graphite, which had a black crystalline sulfide added to the oil. It was used in WWII fighter plane engines and claimed that the product reduced friction and had an array of anti-wear properties. While the image is very much politically incorrect today, it is typical of the era.
The artist Pierre Fix-Masseau (1905 - 1994) was the son of French sculptor Pierre Felix-Masseau. Fix-Masseau worked closely with master designer A.M. Cassandre from 1926 to 1928, who had a profound influence on Fix-Masseau's art deco style. Fix-Masseau is best remembered for his posters featuring railway and automotive themes.

During his lengthy career Fix-Masseau maintained his distinctive art deco crisp style and he continued to create new posters well into the 1980's. . This artwork was commissioned towards the end of the artist's life, but still captures the flair of elegant design that typified Fix-Masseau's artwork.

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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