Excursions au Mont St Michel, 1920
Through the 1920s, the railroads were the primary producer of travel posters, which were important in promoting ticket sales. The five major railways radiating from Paris advertised extensively and sought to brand their lines through the use of devices such as the distinctive "window frame" format used in the poster seen here.
Working in a realistic style, Constant-Duval was one of the most prolific and skilled French travel poster artists of the 1920s. His famous series of images for the Paris-Orleans and Chemins de Fer de L'Etat rail lines are exquisitely printed and depict views of grand country estates and regal chateaux that offered a refuge from city life.
In this poster, he brings the viewer to a pastoral spot on the shores of Normandy with an unobstructed view of Mont St. Michel, the fairy-tale island topped by a medieval monastery. The poster takes poetic license in portraying Mont St. Michel as isolated by the tides, although a causeway has provided continuous access since 1879.
24.5 x 39.5 inches (62 x 100 cm)
Realistic Illustration Style