Original Vintage French Poster "Le Géant" by Félix Nadar Extremely Rare

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SKU: 36263
Artist/Maker: Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910)
Year: ca. 1890
Medium/Material: Linen backed
Condition: Good. (B+) (Determining Condition)
Height: 146cm  (57.48in.) Width: 101cm (39.76in.)

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This poster is an advertisement for the hot air balloon rides, popular in France at the end of the 19th century. Félix Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910), a French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist and balloonist. Around 1863, Nadar built a huge (6000 m³) balloon named Le Géant ("The Giant"), the hot air balloon of the official holidays, thereby inspiring Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon. Although the "Géant" project was initially unsuccessful Nadar was still convinced that the future belonged to heavier-than-air machines.

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