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GARY R. KELLEY (1945- )
PAQUEBOT FRANCE / FRENCH LINE. 1979.
36x24 inches, 91 1/2x61 cm. Condition A / A-: minor creases and abrasions in corners; mounted on thick paper, as issued.
One in a series of seven posters that were designed by contemporary artists to hang in the state rooms of the SS Norway. That ship began life as the SS France and sailed for the French Line from 1961 until 1979, when she was sold to the Norwegian Cruise Line, refitted and renamed. The new owners had these posters commissioned as a tribute to the historic vessel's illustrious past (among other things, it was the SS France that carried the Mona Lisa to America in 1962 when the painting went on an American tour). The posters in this series each hark back to an earlier era. Kelley, a graphic designer, painter and illustrator, depicts a deck scene that evokes the Art Deco style of painter Tamara de Lempicka.