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Grand Prix Automobile | Lausanne

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Creator Paul Landry
Printing year 1947
Sheet size (cm) 99.5×65
Printing technique Lithograph
Printer Roger Marsens
Condition A
Asking price 5'800 CHF
Categories Cars | Bikes | Racing, Romandy, Sports, Switzerland

An original poster bursting with aggression, in which the viewer almost wants to run for cover from the fiery racing car and its bared fangs – an extremely effective design in its simplicity, which captures speed and dynamism perfectly in two dimensions. It was created by Paul Landry (1904 – 1990), who worked in Lausanne for many years and who, in addition to only a few posters – this GP poster is without doubt his best – mainly created (wall) paintings and mosaics as well as stained glass and ceramics.

The Grand Prix de Lausanne only took place twice: in 1947 and 1949, on a track just under 3.25 kilometers long, at that time still slightly outside the city, in front of around 40,000 spectators each time. The start and finish were at the Blécherette airfield. In 1947, the winner was Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati – after Alberto Ascari (also driving for Maserati at the time) had taken pole position, but then had to retire due to brake problems.

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