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Lawrence of Arabia 1962 French Double Grande Film Poster, Georges Kerfyser

We adore this first-year-of-release French film poster for 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia.  Georges Kerfyser's design looks spectacular on the scale of this French Double Grande. A truly stunning and very rare poster.

Lawrence of Arabia, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated epics in the history of cinema, starred Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn. It tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Nominated for ten Oscars in 1963 and winning seven including Best Picture and Best Director. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

France has a long and rich history in poster design that dates back to the mid-19th century.... CLICK TO READ MORE
One of the most influential figures in the development of vintage posters was the French poster artist Jules Chéret. Around 1866, Chéret is credited with producing the first colour lithograph posters, using a technique he refined from the black and white process first invented by German actor and playwright Alois Senefelder in 1798. Cheret's three stone lithographic process allowed artists to achieve every colour in the rainbow using just three stones - usually red, yellow and blue - printed in careful registration.

The Parisian artists, headed by Cheret and including masters Steinlen, Willette, Grasset, Bonnard, Forain and, last but certainly not least, Toulouse-Lautrec's vibrant and eye-catching designs influenced, in part, by Japanese Woodcuts brought a new level of visual appeal to the streets of Paris and, in turn, established the poster as an art form.

The Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), a period of peace and frivolity in France from the late 19th to the early 20th century (1870-1914), played a significant role in the continued advancement of poster design. This era coincided with economic growth and the rise of a new middle class with disposable income and leisure time. It was during this time that the poster craze took hold in France, with posters being used for advertising various products, events, and entertainment.

Over the decades that followed from these auspicious beginnings French poster design continued to flourish and designers from around the world followed suit in experimenting with poster design for advertisements for cultural events, travel, film, food and drink and more.

This original vintage movie poster is sized an impressive 62 3/4 x 92 inches and will be sent rolled (unframed).

  • Year: 1962
  • Poster Type: French Double Grande
  • Style: -
  • Art By:  Georges Kerfyser
  • Rolled/Folded/Other: Rolled - Linen-backed
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Condition Details: Paper darkened with age a little, light markings on folds. Light creases in places. Linen trimmed close to poster. Looks really fantastic.