We’re delighted to introduce the first in a series of very special art posters which La Belle France has commissioned by artists The Heads of State.
Our winter poster features the snow-blanketed town of Megève. We first visited this winter wonderland many years ago and were captivated by it’s charm, style, and skiing. This, the first in a series, is a limited and signed print of just 250. Collect the series for a stunning artistic tribute to France.
In the late 18th century, Megeve was a thriving town of 2,400 farmers, herders, and lumberjacks, but the rural status ended in 1916 when the mountain hamlet was “discovered” by Baroness Maurice de Rothschild who decided it would make an excellent French rival for Saint Moritz. By the time that Jean Cocteau nicknamed Megeve “the 21st Arrondissement of Paris,” millionaires outnumbered the hill folk. Nevertheless, the “simple country” theme remains a strong decorative leitmotif in Megeve’s luxury hotels… even if Prada rules the après-ski scene.
Does Megève have the most challenging mountains in France? No. The wildest singles scene? No. (All that can be found a few miles down the road in uncharismatic Chamonix.” What Megève has is charm. Gingerbread mansions. Horsedrawn carriages. Old money. And all the creature comforts that good old money can buy, like a three-star restauarant. (Annecy’s Marc Veyrat winters here at La Ferme de mon pere.) Hermes, Escada, and Versace have seasonal boutiques in the pedestrian-only downtown; Chanel sponsors a local ski race.
About The Heads of State:
The Heads of State is the design and illustration studio of Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers. Founded in 2002, the duo has garnered dozens of awards for their posters, illustrations, and book covers which combine a restrained graphic style with a sharp visual wit. Whether working 3,000 miles apart in New York and Seattle, or 3 feet away from one another at their new home base of Philadelphia, this duo collaborates on every detail. They’ve seen eye to eye and/or locked horns for clients such as The New York Times, Penguin, The School of Visual Arts, Starbucks, Wired Magazine, NPR, as well as musical acts R.E.M. and Wilco. Go to the “Shop” to order today.