Spotlight on Mathieu and Dali – The Abstract and The Surreal

These colourful abstract Air France travel advertising posters by French artist, Georges Mathieu, and these ever-surreal fantastic posters for the French National Railways (SNCF) by Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, listed at are still as bright and inspiring enough as they were in the 1950s-70s for some holiday dreaming today:

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Although he never received a formal art education, Georges Mathieu (1921-1912) became a notable French artist through his distinctive compositions using striking colours and lines to create stylish abstract masterpieces (the French equivalent of Abstract Expressionism also known as Lyrical Abstraction, Tachisme or Art Informel). These posters were commissioned by Air France during the 1960s-70s.

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The prominent Spanish artist, Salvador Dali (1904-1989), was commissioned by SNCF to produce at series of advertising posters published in 1970. These artworks feature butterflies, one of the animals he used in his surreal paintings to signify transformation, from the Greek ‘psyche’ meaning butterfly but also – and perhaps more importantly for Dali – soul.

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Dali’s personality was as bizarre and eccentric as his artwork, most notably in his up-turned moustache and attention-seeking antics. He was also a great sculptor, architect, movie maker and theatre scenery designer. The depth of his imagination can clearly be seen in these posters advertising train travel to popular destinations in France.

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