‘Samivel’ Paul Gayet-Tancrède (1907-1992)
Les Alps, pays de la Chartreuse
Original Vintage Ski Poster
With the ever-popular topic of mountains for climbing and skiing, Samivel here pays homage to the delicious Chartreuse, a liqueur famous in the mountains – in both yellow and green forms. Made by the monks of Chartreuse from a recipe dating to 1605, refined in 1764 by the Monastery’s Apothecary Frère Jerome Maubec.
Samivel was a writer, an artist, a photographer, an explorer and more. In 1948 he accompanied Paul Émile Victor on the first French Greenland expedition, making three documentary films in the process. His friends included Théodore Monod and Gilbert André – the latter the mayor of Bonneval-sur-Arc and one of the founders of the Vanoise National Park – and with them and others he spent his whole life aiming for the protection of the imperilled countryside. The graphic artist side of him had a life-long fascination with high mountains, and his illustrated books and series of posters of the French Alps have long been popular.
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