Montmarte Sacre Coeur Poster

$600.00

Rare contemporary poster advertising the Montmartre district of Paris and the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. French, printed by Oyo.

Linen backed and in excellent condition. Conservation framing with UV protective plexiglass. Framed in a white lacquer frame.

First, a little history of the setting for this whimsical poster.  The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

The young man and woman in this poster have gone to the highest point of Paris and seem to be reaching for the stars and waving to the hot air balloons of their era on this historic and sacred site.  The vibrant blue of the starry sky contrast with the colorful balloons as they sail over the illuminated lights of the city.  The white frame accents the beautiful blue background of the poster. ‘Montmarte Paris’ is identified in black print over the night sky.  An essential find for the traveler and collector.

Framed size:  41 1/2″ wide x 30″ high