Auto Racingby Henri Bellery-Desfontaines
Georges Richard Automobile Poster
A dramatic and surreal portrait of early auto racing speed, with the drivers being led by a speeding spirit.A racing spirit forms a figurehead for the speeding automobile as it kicks dust into the starry midnight sky. Simultaneously poetic and dramatic, it is one of the most spectacular automotive posters ever created. Several versions of the image are known; this particular variant comes to us before the addition of lettering in the top text panel. Possibly the firm did not yet know that their car won the prestigious Gordon Bennett race in 1904 - something heralded in the version with top text. Bellery-Desfontaines had a short but successful career as a painter, decorator and designer of furniture, books and typefaces. Two of his color lithographs were included in the prestigious L Estampe moderne.