This vintage French Classroom Print dates from the 1950's and is by Helene Poirie. It's a lithograph print with beautiful bright colours printed on a thick, off-white paper and is a unique print for the walls of a vintage inspired room.
The bottom corner has the signature of Helene Poirie, a French illustrator who worked from the mid 1940's to the early 1970's on a variety of books and educational materials.
This poster is number 18 from the Editions Bourrelier series "Images de la Vie" It is titled The Canal and The Factory shows life aborad a large canal boat in an urban setting. This is an understanding picture of life on the canals with the bright washing blowing on the line as the boat waits in the lock. The horse is visible on the side and further ahead is the pile of coal waiting to be loaded into the hold. On the canalside men in working clothes come around the corner of a brightly painted house, maybe as their working day ends.
These Helene Poirie posters offer beautifully realised scenes with a colour palette very reminiscent of the times in which they were painted.
The colours are good and the overall condition of this 50+ year old poster is excellent. There are nibbles to the edges but nothing has encroached into the body of the poster.
The poster measures 75cm x 55cm overall - the image is 72cm x 52cm.
These Helene Poirie prints are increasingly hard to find and are rare survivors of a bygone age. They look stunning framed and on a wall. This original vintage poster is sent unframed, rolled in a strong cardboard tube.