Le Français par l’image
Le Français par l’image [The French In Images] (c. 1964)
is an elementary schoolbook published in France c. 1964. The illustrations are the work of French artist René Bresson. Bresson’s recognizable creations were found in numerous French textbooks in the 1950s and ’60s. The ageless charm of his works are found in their innocence and simplicity. Below are some examples of Bresson’s textbook world as seen in Le Français par l’image
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The Return – the pictorial begins in the schoolyard where the parents gather their children for the first day of a new school year.
Bresson’s illustrations of the four seasons:
The wind and rain of Autumn.
The winter snow.
The Spring Garden
The Summer Beach
Bresson’s illustrations of social gathering places:
The Hairdresser and Barber Shop
The Post Office
The Department Store
Bresson’s transportation illustrations:
The Train Station
The Airport – notice the classic Lockheed Constellation aircraft on the runway right-center.
The Shipping Port
On The Open Road and In The Friendly Skies
And the last few for this post, Bresson’s family gathering illustrations. The most idyll of them all:
The Dinner Table – notice that sis and dad are the only ones waiting for mom to sit down to eat.
The Evening Ritual – when the only electrics were lighting and the radio.
Yule – the toy aircraft and Citroën-like toy car are pretty cool.
And to wind it all up, a lazy day at the river.