This brightly colored vintage poster-map was printed by the brilliant Lucian Boucher for Credit Lyonnais, one of France’s largest banks. The poster depicts southernmost Spain, and a large portion of Africa, extending from the west coast as far east as Chad, Libya, Cameroon and the Congo. Boucher took great pains to illustrate the great abundance of agricultural based industries throughout the entire region. All manner of flora and fauna are brightly depicted. Grand architectural edifices are included, and all manner of seagoing vessels sail the waters.
Born in Chartres, France, he graduated from the Ecole de céramiques de Sèvres, and began his career as cartoonist for the satiric newspaper Le Rire. In the 1920s he worked actively as poster designer for the movies and the advertising industry. He designed a significant number of lithographies inspired by the surrealism style. He is widely known for a series of colorful, detailed Air France poster designs. He is often referred to as "Monsieur Planisphere" (planispheres are flattened representation of planet earth) because of the many illustrated World Maps he created that depicted the global flight routes serviced by the Air France. Lucien Boucher also created wood engravings and drawings in water color.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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