Dassault Aviation: Book. “A History of Aviation. Legendary Paintings and Illustrations from Fana de l’Aviation”

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Daniel Bechennec has illustrated many of the cover pages of the magazine “Le Fana de l’Aviation”. A beautiful book retraces this collaboration and pays it a vibrant tribute…

If you are a regular reader of this column, you will certainly remember some of them: Daniel Bechennec designed a multitude of the magazine’s legendary covers for approximately four decades. It is therefore quite natural that Editions Casa (subsidiary of Editions Larivière, owner of the magazine) pays homage to him with an astonishing “artbook”. This illustrated book takes up, almost entirely, the drawings that made the front page of this essential monthly magazine for aviation enthusiasts, “Le Fana de l’Aviation”.

The works of Daniel Bechennec are presented in this large-format 220-page book, in chronological order from the 1910s. The illustrator has captured aircraft from all eras. On the technical side, we discover how the author went from painting with gouache with a short-haired brush (from the 1970s to the 1990s) to the more recent use of digital – without forgetting the work done with oil painting. oil on canvas.

Regarding the presentation of the books, the publisher and the author have chosen to trace the career of the illustrator by presenting these famous cover pages in an original way. The reader can thus discover them in large format without any explanation. Then comes a reproduction on a smaller scale accompanied by an explanation written by the author describing his approach. Spitfire, Triton, Rafale and many more. The most legendary planes are to be discovered!

Delivered. “A History of Aviation. Legendary Paintings and Illustrations from the Aviation Fana.” Author: Daniel Bechennec. Joint publication by Casa and Larivière. EAN: 9782380581966

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