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Let's revisit France in the 1950s. Life, as depicted by whimsical French illustrator Hélène Poirié, is celebrated through simple, joyful activities and interactions – day-to-day routines at home, adventures in travels and discoveries in nature. Her use of colour is vibrant, bold yet delicate and harmonious. Her subjects' expressions are often diffused and humbled by everything that is going on around them. Her attention to details is par excellence. There is a consistent theme surrounding Hélène Poirié's art: playful innocence and eternal youthfulness, in other words, the essence of what the French call “joie de vivre” infused with a hefty perfume of nostalgia.

Supported by Paris-based publisher Éditions Bourrelier et Cie, Hélène Poirié illustrated a charming series of large posters and educational books - geography handbooks, French, dictionaries and picture books.

Poirié's series of “elocution” posters were formerly hung in French classrooms to serve as communication aids to young students. The students were expected to describe the scenes and activities from these posters. Those days are long gone. It is relatively rare to track down Poirié's posters these days.

As difficult as it is to part with them, La Grange d'Art is pleased to present our limited collection of “Images de la Vie” series of vintage posters by Hélène Poirié.

Title: Images de la Vie – 3 – La Gare
Origin: France
Illustrator: Hélène Poirié
Publisher: Éditions Bourrelier et Cie
Publication Date: 1950s
Size: 72.5 x 51.2 cm or 28.5” x 20.2” (print)

• All of these posters feature Hélène Poirié signature: “LN. Poirié” on the bottom right corners.
• The original colour of the poster may not be exactly the same as the featured photographs.
• These posters are over fifty years old and despite our efforts to preserve them, minor wear and tear is inevitable.

• There are tiny staple marks and slight creases on all four corners (see photo).
• The number “3” is scribbled in red ink on the top right corner of the poster (see photo).
• There is a small, barely noticeable tear on the right upper-middle edge of the border but it does not affect the print (see photo).
• These defects are hardly visible once the poster is framed.

• Please note that all vintage posters will be shipped in a secure mailing tube via French priority mail (no tracking). If you'd like us to send it via registered mail, please notify us.
• Specials: 50% off shipping if you purchase a second poster from us.

SALE - Rare 1950s vintage French school poster of train station


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, cotton, vintage paper
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  • Ships worldwide from France