The Grand Palais is the premier exhibit venue in central Paris. Located on the Champs Elysees, the Grand Palais hosted in 1980 a exhibit of the works of Clause Monet. Over 200 pieces of artwork were displayed including Tulips in Holland, which was featured on the exhibit poster.
Parisian’s of the Belle Epoque hated the Eiffel Tower. Now the legendary landmark of the city, the Tower was the centerpiece of the 1889 World’s Fair. It was to stand 20 years but after that the city originally intended to dismantle it. Instead it become a sensation to travelers the world over as well as an important communications tower. In 1893, the Theatre deal Tour Eiffel opened in the renovated first level restaurant. This is Cheret’s opening poster for the event. This is the Affiches Illustrees version, framed.
Another version of the Eiffel Tower image. This one has some abrasion damage but is still a great image.
In the Belle Epoque, when lands far away were mysterious and exotic, promoters would stage great shows and exhibitions that featured the culture and excitement of these magical lands. Exposition Russe was such an event that featured horses and Cossacks dashing about and doing all things Russian. The Champ de Mars is the large green space between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire.
The Arc stands at the head of the famous Champs-Elysees and commemorates those who died in the defense of France. Built between 1810 and 1838, the Arc is also home to the remains of the French Unknown from World War I. Each night the remains are honored in a tribute staged by veterans – quite different from Arlington, but inspiring in its own right. The view from the top is the best in Paris with the magnificence of the Eiffel Tower in full view. This poster features a photo and is from the 1970’s.
Since 1345 the Cathedral of Notre Dame has occupied its place of honor on the Ile de la Cite in Paris. Situated on the Seine, it has long been the focal point of art and life in the French capital. This poster is from 1970 and features a beautiful Fall scene.
The Eiffel Tower has been the symbol of Paris since it was first erected in 1889 for the World’s Fair. The trip to the top is exciting as the elevators run up the legs of the tower and the view is stunning. Their are three levels and at night, the view of the lights of Paris is hard to top. This poster is from the 1970 time frame and features a photograph of the tower looking from the Trocedero across the Seine with the Champ du Mars in the background.
The Venice-Simplon-Orient Express (VSOE) is a luxury train running from London and Paris to Venice. Created in 1982 from 1920 era carriages from Compagnie International de Wagons-Lits (original operators of the famed Paris-Istanbul Orient Express). The VSOE runs seasonally and offers classic luxury travel. To promote the opening of service in 1982, famous poster artist Pierre Fix-Masseau was commissioned to produced a series of posters promoting the event. Paris features a scene of Paris.