|Vintage Pulp||Nov 6 2019|
Random French goodness today, a cover for J. Effeme's romance novel Reine de beauté. This was published by Editions de S.T.A.E.L. in 1950 with Louis Carrière on the art duties. What's the S.T.A.E.L. stand for? Some Toulouse Artfucks Editing Lite-Porn. Well, the company was from Toulouse. The rest, don't quote us on it.
|Vintage Pulp||Nov 24 2009|
We posted five Louis Carrière covers a while back and said we didn’t know very much about him, but we’d keep our eyes open. Since then we’ve found out a few things. He was born in Toulouse, France in 1920, into a family with an art background. He drew as a youngster but it wasn’t until the mid-1940s that he painted professionally. It happened thanks to a Greek professor at a local college who asked Carrière to contribute art to a couple of scholarly books. After that, he was in high demand as an illustrator of pulps and postcards. Apparently, he had settled into a quiet retirement by the 1980s and had no idea people were collecting his work until a chance meeting with a fan. We can certainly understand the interest—everything we’ve seen from Carrière is pure genius, including this cover of L’Inconnue dans la mer, aka Unknown Woman of the Sea, by Jean Jacques. We’ll keep digging for more info and art on Carrière, and share whatever we find.