Affiche du 31eme Grand-Prix de l’ACF, d’après... - Lot 15 - Osenat

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Affiche du 31eme Grand-Prix de l’ACF, d’après... - Lot 15 - Osenat
Affiche du 31eme Grand-Prix de l’ACF, d’après Savignac, 1937 Raymond SAVIGNAC (1907-2002) Signed and dated upper right: SAVIGNAC 37 Automobile Club de France 1937" stamp. Edition Alliance Graphique, imprimerie L.Danel, Paris. 158 x 117 cm. Wrapped in cloth. Superb condition despite a slight tear and traces of folding. Very rare poster, never seen for sale, museum piece. History of the ACF Grand Prix: Founded in 1895, the Automobile Club de France (ACF) decided to create the Grand Prix de France in 1906. In fact, this Grand Prix was the successor to the Gordon Bennett Cups held in Europe between 1900 and 1905, and already partly organized by the ACF. This first Grand-Prix de l'Automobile Club de France took place for the first time on a circuit of just over 100 kilometers, near Le Mans, on June 26 and 27, 1906. Invited to cover 1240 kilometers in two days, this first edition saw Ferenc Szisz crowned on a Renault AK after more than 12 hours of racing. For the 1936 and 1937 editions, the ACF decided to impose the Formula Sport, with a maximum displacement of 4.5 liters and prohibiting the use of a compressor. Here are the broad outlines of the rules imposed by the organizing committee for the XXXI ACF Grand Prix - Voitures de Sport: The GP de l'ACF will be run on July 4, 1937, on the Linas-Montlhéry road circuit, each lap of which measures 12 kilometers, 504 meters and 35 centimeters. -The GP de l'ACF will be run over a distance of approximately 500 kilometers, or 40 laps of the Linas-Montlhéry road circuit. - The winner will be awarded the sum of 100,000 francs (in cash, please!). Let's go to Montlhéry to the starting grid of the XXXIst ACF Grand-Prix: Bugatti, Talbot and Delahaye are all on the starting line at 2pm. The chequered flag waved and the cars took off with a bang. Sommer leads the race for the first 20 laps, before Louis Chiron overtakes him and guides the race to the finish. The old fox - an affectionate nickname given to Chiron for his racing intelligence - became the first driver in history to win the French Grand Prix three times! In the end, four Talbots finished in the top five places, making up a 100% Talbot podium; the 1937 ACF GP marked a triple victory for Talbot automobiles. As the ACF GP saw Sommer's Bugatti Type 57G win in 1936, the 1937 poster seems to honor the Molsheim thoroughbreds. Savignac depicts a stylized Bugatti, reduced to its basic components - the horseshoe grille, the Bugatti axle and the car's wheel - all in a formidable spirit of speed. The three letters "ACF" associated with the date of the event make the message very clear. All these elements make this poster a classic in the master's body of work, and in Art Deco posters in general. A celebrated 20th-century poster artist, Savignac's graphic works are now part of our common imagination. His style is effective and impactful, yet simple. Although Savignac's work was particularly influential in the second half of the 20th century - illustrating the exponential growth of advertising during the "Trente Glorieuses" - he was self-taught from the 1920s onwards, before meeting the Art-deco poster master Cassandre in 1933. From then on, the young Savignac's work was inspired by the Cassandre style. Also assisted by illustrator Charles Loupot, the artist joined Alliance graphique in 1935. He continued to assert his own style, becoming a master of the poster as well, by asserting his signature - by now recognizable to all - combined with an ever-delicate sense of humor. The artist signs a brilliant poster from the beginning of his career, before his talent was yet recognized by all, only his peers having - at that time - already given him the thumbs-up. A work that fits perfectly with Savignac's own definition of the poster: "popular and aristocratic". Bibliography : Arts et Métiers Graphiques - Issue 58 - July 1937 Anne-Claude LELIEUR Conservatrice Général de la Bibliothèque Forney, Raymonde BACHOLLET, Savignac Affichiste, Editions Bibliothèque Forney, Paris 2001, referenced under n° 7 reproduced p. 95 Maître Hervé POULAIN, Aleth HOURDAN, Ann HINDRY, On the road - L'automobile dans l'art, Étude et communication éditions, 2007, referenced under no. 88 reproduced on p. 74 Exhibition : Musée Bibliothèque Pierre André Benoit / Espace de Rochebelle / Musée du Colombier Alès, June 30 - September 23, 2007 Musée National du Sport, "A toute vitesse" Paris, April 6 - September 21, 2009
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