‘Samivel’ Paul Gayet-Tancrède (1907-1992)
Du Léman à La Méditerranée, La Grande Traversée des Alpes Françaises
(‘From Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, La Grande Traversée of the French Alps’)
Imprimé en France – Printed in France
Original Vintage Ski Poster
With the ever-popular topic of mountains for climbing and skiing, Samivel here draws a snow-covered col in the mountains. La Grande Traversée is a long-distance walking route from Thonon les Bains to Nice, set up in the early 1970s.
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. Click here to see other posters by Samivel.
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