1952 Lucien Boucher Air France Pictorial Map of the World

WorldAirFrance-lucienboucher-1952
$1,800.00
Air France -- Sur les Ailes d'Air France Decouvrez le Monde a Votre Tour.
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1952 Lucien Boucher Air France Pictorial Map of the World

WorldAirFrance-lucienboucher-1952

One of Boucher's most remarkable mid-century modern promotional maps for Air France.
$1,800.00

Title


Air France -- Sur les Ailes d'Air France Decouvrez le Monde a Votre Tour.
  1952 (undated)    23 x 37.5 in (58.42 x 95.25 cm)     1 : 29500000

Description


One of Lucien Boucher's more iconic images, this is his 1952 promotional map of the world for Air France in the large format edition. The map depicts the entire world in rich blues and burgundies with gold highlighting. Air France routes are highlighted in red. The surround, on a field of burgundy, features illustrations of global historic events, flora, fauna, and cultures, all in a mid-century modern ethic. Printed by Perceval of Paris in 1952.

Cartographer


Lucien Boucher (1889 - 1971) was French cartoonist, artist, writer, and illustrator. Boucher was born in Chartres in 1889 and graduated from the École de Céramique de Sèvres. His work as a cartoonist appeared in the humorous weekly Le Rire. Starting in the 1920s he produced numerous pictorial posters inspired by the commercial promise of surrealism. Among them were a series of surrealistic planispheric and celestial maps drawn to illustrate the transportation networks of Air France.

Condition


Good. Light spotting throughout – use zoom. Margins trimmed to neat line. Priced accordingly.

References


Rumsey 8538.000. OCLC 953572712.