Vintage Travel Poster - Bagnoles de L'Orne 1922
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The region of France called the Bagnoles de L'orne features prominently in a variety of posters by some of the best poster artists of the late 1800's and early 1900's. We have sold other posters of the region, but find this one, by Leandre to be the most lyrical we have seen. It measures 41 x 30 inches, was produced in 1922, is linen backed and in excellent condition. Of the artist, Charles Leandre, Wikipedia writes: "Charles Lucien Léandre (1862 - 1934), French caricaturist and painter, was born at Champsecret (Orne), and studied painting under Blin and Cabanel. From 1887 he figured among the exhibitors of the Salon, where he showed numerous portraits and genre pictures, but his popular fame is due to his comic drawings and caricatures. The series of the "Gotha des souverains," published in Le Rire, and Leandre's other work like that seen in L'Assiette au Beurre placed him in the front rank of modern caricaturists. Besides his contributions to Le Rire, Le Figaro and other comic journals, he published a series of albums: Nocturnes, Le Musee des souverains, and Paris el la provénce. Léandre produced admirable work in lithography, and designed many memorable posters, such as the "Yvette Guilbert." "Les nouveaux maries," "Joseph Prudhomme," "Les Lutteurs," and "La Femme au chien." Charles Léandre won a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 for a large size painting : la Mère ou « Dormio cor meum vigilat » ("Je dors mais mon coeur veille"). In 1900, at the next Exposition Universelle, he was among the five lithographic artists selected to achieve two compositions on a selected theme; he received a gold medal at this contest. He was created a knight of the Legion of Honour. In 1904, he created the Société des Peintres Humoristes. In 1921, he got the Medal of Honour of the Société des artistes français, in the engraving section, one of the more important honorary awards an artist could obtain in Paris. In 1925, Charles Léandre was promoted an Officer of the Legion of Honour. He died in 1934 in his Caulaincourt street studio, in Montmartre." Of the region, Wikipedia writes: "This commune is famous for its hydrotherapic baths, which are known for their healing powers for rheumatic, gynaecologic and circulatory problems. The origins of thermal activity are said to date back to the Middle Ages. Local legend tells of the medieval lord Seigneur Hugues de Tessé. As he felt he was reaching the end of his life he decided to abandon his once-glorious horse "Rapide" in the Andaines forest. He was amazed when the animal returned home some time later, strong and totally revitalized. Without resentment, "Rapide" took its master along the waters of Bagnoles where he drank and also got rejuvenated. The spa was born. According to another tale, a very old Franciscan monk who took the waters in Bagnoles found a new astonishing vigour and leapt across the highest rocks above the town, which are still called "Le Saut du Capucin" (Monk's Leap Rock). Another facet of this fascinating place is the Arthurian legend, since Bagnoles and its surroundings are supposed to be Lancelot's country. The village's calendar of cultural events includes a visit of the most famous Arthurian sites. The "Belle Époque" Quarter The "Belle Époque" Quarter in Bagnoles-de-l'Orne constitutes a rather well preserved example of what could be a typical French upper-class residential area of the beginning of the 20th century. Built between 1886 and 1914 and located in the southern part of the town, it is filled with superb villas with polychrome façades, bow windows and unique roofing. Similar projects were developed throughout France at the same time, among which are Le Vésinet close to Paris, the Saurupt Park in Nancy and the "Winter Town" of Arcachon. Built under strict rules of construction and intended for fortunate curists, the Quarter supported very clearly the concept of a luxurious and peaceful area in full heart of the Normandy forest. At the time, the thermal activity did not want to be popular, but privileged the elitist luxury and the aspirations of high-born people who took pleasure in the exaltation of nature like place of resourcing." Please e-mail us with any questions or requests for additional information or photos. Check back often as we add new items almost every day. Thanks for your interest.
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- Width: 30 inches
- Height: 41 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 0 pound
- paper, linen