Relax – Rene Gruau –1964 – 106 x 71cm –Original Lithographic Poster
The fifties were the last flowering of the golden age of the ocean liner, which would soon be usurped by the jet plane. During the decade, transatlantic crossings were joined by a strong increase in pleasure cruises. This charming poster for Chargeurs Reunis simply and elegantly captures the carefree life on a Post-World War II cruise ship.
Rene Gruau was an Italian poster artist who became a leading fashion illustrator in the fifties and sixties in Paris. His image of an Audrey Hepburn-like beauty, dozing in the sun onboard is a classic in travel poster art.