The Attic #1 Hervé Morvan – 4 inspiring vintage artists

Hello! I’m VIU a children illustrator based in Barcelona.


When I have a lack of inspiration, I like to dive in the past because I often feel very inspired by antique pictures and vintage art. I have been doing some research lately and, wow, I’ve already discovered a lot of amazing artists!


Every first Sunday of each month I’ll share the results of my explorations. I’ll be brief, I’ll rather let the pictures do the talking 🙂


Here are this month’s findings: A mid century illustrator, a picture of the 60s in Italy, a mid century ad and an old book about animals from 1849! I hope you find these bits inspiring!

An illustrator: Hervé Morvan

Hervé Morvan (1917-1980) was a French illustrator and poster artist.


He studied at l’École supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré in Paris where he learned to master wall art, frescoes and stained glass. After that, he took the path to advertising illustration.


Morvan’s work is playful, colorful and cute, and I particularly enjoy his series of posters for Jeunesse au Plein Air. Aren’t they lovely? 🙂
Chocolat Lanvin by Hervé Morvan, ca. 1950
Maille ad by Hervé Morvan, 1952
Régie française des tabacs by Hervé Morvan, 1960
Avec ou sans filtre, Caporal by Hervé Morvan, 1956

A picture: Palermo by Enzo Sellerio

 Palermo by Enzo Sellerio, 1960

An ad: Guinness after work

Guinness After Work by Tom Eckersly, 1953

A book: Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle (1849)

Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) by Jean-Baptiste Meunier, 1849

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I'm a children's illustrator and graphic designer from Barcelona. I like music and hiking.

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