Artist: Rene Ravo
Print: Lithographic print
Dimensions: 31.7 x 47.4 in (80.5 x 120.5 cm).
Condition: Good/fair condition - the poster has a few small holes which has been repaired from the back, one larger crack in the lower left corner, light folds, light wear on the edges, light discoloring/foxing mainly in the top - please see pictures. I believe that most of the imperfections can be hidden in a frame.
A original art deco marvel from the mid 1930s!
The poster is an advertisement for the French National Lottery (Loterie Nationale). The lottery was founded in France in 1933 and was created to raise funds to war invalids and veterans from the first world war and victims of raging agricultural disasters.
The poster displays what seems to be a huge target and perhaps the little people are aiming for the center of the target with their numbers. Just as if the people where arrows. Notice that some of the people has numbers instead of heads.
However, the "target" could also be a huge lottery ball (in the colors of the Tricolore) - maybe the conclusive ball with the final number and the people are rallying to the ball with hope and their last number in the line.
Overall this poster is not only great artwork that will look nicely when framed and will suit any wall - it is also a historical poster - possibly one of the earliest lottery posters that still exists.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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