Hand pulled lithograph on vintage press, sequentially numbered.
Born in Bonnières, France, Jean Carlu (1900-1989) came from a family of architects and studied to enter that profession. After an accident at the age of eighteen in which he lost his right arm, Carlu turned to graphic design His early work reveals a fascination with the angular forms and spatial nuances of Cubism. . In France, he is best known for his Air France and Mon Savon posters and in the United States he is best remembered for his war mobilization posters. Carlu was honored with a retrospective at the Musee de I” Affiche in Paris. Carlu spent the years of World War II in the United States, where he executed a number of important poster designs for the government’s war effort. Characterized by the same scientific precision of form as his other work, these designs were well suited to the promotion of industrial efficiency.
This poster was designed for the British firm of Larranaga, which was an importer of Havana cigars. This poster is considered one of Carlu’s best and has become one of the rarest. The Larranaga brand is still produced in Costa Rica from seeds from Havana. The lithograph was recreated in 1997 on an antique press.