Fine art print after an original watercolor illustration by Irina Georgescu, inspired by the film Le ballon rouge.
An exclusive Classiq – Irina Georgescu collaboration
Size: 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 inches)
Most of the time, the colors you see on-screen will be very faithful to the print you will receive in the mail, but keep in mind that colors may vary slightly from one screen to another.
PACKAGING AND SHIPPING
Your print is shipped flat, with a protective sheet to prevent any damage to the printed area. The artwork is not shipped framed.
In an effort to reduce waste, these illustrations are printed on demand. Please allow up to 3 business days before your print is sent as your order is custom printed just for you. Once the order is shipped, you will receive an email notifying you, with tracking. Once shipped, transit can take anywhere from 1-7 business days if you are in the Europe and 10-31 days for international.
Le ballon rouge (1956), which is one of the most beloved films of all time, reminds me about the beauty of childhood. Directed by Albert Lamorisse, it is a fantasy film which won the Palme D’Or for short films and the Oscar for best original screenplay, along with many other awards. The message is so simple, but the film, almost entirely wordless, is one of the best examples of pure cinema, so artistic, visually powerful and beautifully shot that it won a special place in my heart.
Le ballon rouge will lift up your spirit. Aren’t we all children at heart? I only hope that children, in today’s world, haven’t lost the innocence and joy of play. The idea for these illustrations came to me precisely from this desire of celebrating and encouraging play and imagination.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Romanian-born Irina Georgescu, currently based in London, is an architect and illustrator (one of my very favourites) and from the moment we met we bonded over out mutual love of cinema and storytelling. She’s a craftsman, a dreamer, a visual poet and I know that the story she envisioned I bound to fascinate children and grown-ups alike.
“This is the first illustration in a series of six watercolours that took me to an old and now demolished part of Belleville in Paris. The research for reinterpreting these was quite intensive and meant watching the movie so many times I honestly can’t remember the exact number. Searching for pictures from that time and area, identifying buildings and spaces and reconfiguring the streets and houses like a giant puzzle. I chose to focus more on the city itself because it somehow becomes a character too. Some buildings are invented, some are taken from the fragmented images that exist of the neighborhood from the late 1800s until the demolition in 1970, very little is taken directly from the movie itself. A fascinating topographic and architectural research that I plan to continue in other illustrations, unrelated to the movie itself.” Irina Georgescu