The "Nouveau Salon des Cent" portfolio consists of a
hundred posters created by one hundred of the best graphic designers
time, from 24 different countries including China, Japan, Mexico,
Brazil, Zimbabwe, the United-States and most of the European countries,
as a tribute to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for the Centenary of
death, 1901-2001. Initiated by the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum Partners'
Club. In cooperation with the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum of Albi.
printing was limited to only 380. The posters have been exhibited
in major museums and galleries around the world.
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The Designer - Raymond Savignac
'The poster is a streetwalker. Popular and aristocratic, flower
of the cobble or queen of the boarding, the poster offers itself
to us as a gift, while ever keeping aloof.'
1907 - Born on November 6, in Paris. His parents, natives of
Aveyron, run a restaurant. Studies at Lavoisier School.
1922 - He gives up his studies and begins his career as a draughtsman
at the Compagnie des Transports Parisiens (now R.A.T.P.). Evening
classes (draughtsmanship). He works as a professional draughtsman,
at Lortac's, the pioneer of the promotional cartoon. 1927 - Military
service (18 months).
1929 - Works for the advertising company Mirarmar, for Harchard,
Metropole. Various odd jobs. Meets Cassandre.
1933 - First poster published by Alliance Graphique: Roquefort
1935 - Becomes Cassandre's assistant. Takes part in the exhibition
at the Billet-Worms Gallery.
1938 - Cassandre's departure to the States marks the end of their
1939 - Mobilisation. 1940 - Back to Paris. 1941 - Meets the advertising
executive Robert Guerin who finds him a job at the Consortium
1949 - His poster for the soap Monsavon marks the actual beginning
of his career. Joint exhibition with Villemot.
1954 - Trip to the United States. He settles his workshop in
1969 - Decor and costumes for 'L'avare' at the Comedie-Franpaise.
1971 - Leaves Volney street and moves to Villa Brune.
1975 - Publishes his autobiography at Laffont's.
1979 - Settles in
Trouville-sur-Mer, where he saw the sea for the first time as a
1981 - The campaign 'En avant Citroen', ordered by R.S.C.G.,
restores him to his place in the sphere of advertising.
Today, at the age of 94, when some cultivate the art of being
greatgrandparents, Raymond Savignac still designs graphic spoonerisms
with vivid colours, marked lines, deceptively childish drawing.
More vigorous than ever, his project is a hearty tribute to the
verve of the Gascon Lautrec!