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Lot 152: LUCIEN BOUCHER (1889-1971). AIR FRANCE / DE JOUR ET DE NUIT. 1938. 24x38 inches, 62x97 cm. Perceval, Paris.
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
LUCIEN BOUCHER (1889-1971) AIR FRANCE / DE JOUR ET DE NUIT. 1938.
24 1/2x38 1/2 inches, 62 1/4x97 3/4 cm. Perceval, Paris.
Condition A- / B+: repaired tears, losses and overpainting in margins, some affecting image.
Air France began using planispheres in their posters as early as 1933. This early celestial chart is luxuriously printed, making sophisticated use of metallic inks and rich, deep colors. Here, "we have a genuine ellipse, the omission of the globe, just barely suggested by the names of the stops written next to the air routes. But if we stand back and look from a distance at this network drawn on the celestial chart, we have the strange impression of seeing the world projected onto the sky . . . The result is astonishing, this magnificent representation of the signs of the Zodiac becoming a mirror in which the earth suggested by Air France routes is reflected" (Air France p. 91).