Charles Loupot, ‘Philippossian Automobiles.’, 1920, Rennert’s Gallery

A flame-haired Femme Fatale, dressed in black, launches this midnight-blue beast of an auto into the foggy night: a masterpiece! Exceptionally rare, this poster finds Loupot at the absolute apex of his transition period between Switzerland and France, between domestic traditionalism and aggressive Modernist experimentation. According to Loupot's son, Jean-Marie, until this point Loupot was hired by printers; this was likely his first direct commission from the advertiser (alongside his wildly successful Philippossian Cigarettes, see PAI-LXX, 443). The typeface, with which he'd been experimenting with since at least the previous year (see "Plantol," PAI-XXI, 270) now achieves a refined state of Deco precision. This poster appears to be the sole remnant of any flirtation the advertiser Charles Philippossian had with the auto industry. However, it's clear that the brilliance of this piece served as Loupot's introduction to an entirely new market, as a creator of the new Art Deco aesthetic. In the following years, he'd create superb work for Swiss Grand Prix autos and motorcycles; Austin Tractors; and Voisin Autos, before defining the industrial Art Deco aesthetic at the 1925 Expo, and with classics such as "Stop-Fire." An important work by this artist. Exceptionally rare.

Publisher: Lith Säuberlin & Pfeiffer, Vevey

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