May 18, 2023 - Sale 2637

Sale 2637 - Lot 152

Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000

NOËL FONTANET (1898-1982)


39 1/2x25 1/4 inches, 100 1/4x64 cm. Sonor, Geneva.
Condition A-: minor repaired tears in margins; minor creases and speckling in margins and image.

"While it matches the signature red-and-black color palette of his other two designs for the Swiss motorcycle Grand Prix . . . this composition isn't about rolling movement but rather comprises a single visual punch, a stamp in shallow relief meant to represent the race" (Crouse p. 185). Fontanet was the most prominent and successful artist of the Geneva school of graphic designers. Contrary to the Swiss artists from Basel and Zurich, the Geneva school was largely inspired by French Art Deco. Fontanet was also the director of the Societe Generale d'Affichage, a large outdoor advertising company which also provided artwork for their clients. Rare. Crouse p. 185.