travel by nathan

January 27, 2015 in homestyle, just drawn that way by editor

If you’re in hibernation mode right now, dreaming of escaping the dreary winter doldrums, then these vintage travel posters are just your ticket to ride. They’re the work of Jacques Nathan-Garamond, a world class illustrator whose vibrant, geometric style helped define French mid-century design. Garamond was born in Paris in 1910 as Jacques Nathan, but added the Garamond to help disguise the family name from the Nazi occupation during WWII. Post war, he was one of the founding members of Alliance Graphique Internationale, an elite organization of commercial artists who help to promote the art of graphic design through exhibition, summits and corporate projects.

Throughout his career, Garamond designed posters, books, and packaging for a string of large companies (including Unesco and Telefunken), but it was his ongoing relationship with Air France which has enchanted lovers of modernist art. Dynamic and joyful with a more than a touch of Art Deco, the posters from the 1950s and 60s, continue to be highly sought-after and reproduced.

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