René Vincent

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Reproduction of a poster by René Vincent

René Vincent (1879–1936) was a French illustrator who was prevalent in the 1920s-1930s. He worked in an Art Deco style and became famous for his poster designs, Vincent had a particular design style of distorting perspective and dynamism. He was influential in the Art Deco movement in the period between the two world wars.

Vincent studied at the Ècole des Beaux-Arts, at first he studied architecture, he then changed to graphic arts and ceramics courses. He was also an illustrator for La Vie Parisienne, The Saturday Evening Post, L'Illustartion and Fantiso, most of his contributions to these magazines were fashion illustrations.

He created a plethora of advertisements for Bugatti, Peugeot, Michelin, and Shell Oil Company. His most recognizable work is the 1925 Porto Ramos Pinto poster. Occasionally he went by the pseudonym Rageot. Vincent was a great lover of cars, so as a result he was one of the first French citizen to have a driver's license and was also one of the first Parisians to have a garage built onto his house.

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