Pictorial Map Buy Famed Artist Martin Peikert
Fine pictorial map of the area around Lake Lucerne, published to promote local tourism, drawn by the well regarded artist Martin Peikert (see bio below).
The map provides a pictorial view of the various rail lines around the lake, along with towns, and hotels, museums and recreational activities. At the bottom left is a key map, showing the location of Lake Lucerne on a map of Switzerland, with schematic connections to larger European cities.
This work would appear to be relatively early in Peikert's career and relatively unusual, as he is primarily known for his poster art and we were not able to find any other maps which he produced.
The map would seem to be quite rare, as we were not able to locate another example.
He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and worked as an advertising illustrator until he graduated in 1921. In the years 1921 to 1923 he travelled to Stuttgart, Hamburg and Paris. From 1923 he worked in Geneva as a commercial painter and decorator and from 1925 to 1927 he designed the newspaper “Wochenschau” by Orell Füssli AG Zurich.
From 1927 he worked as a freelance graphic artist and painter. Peikert’s 1920s posters were greatly influenced by Art Deco. His tourism posters had a unique, clear, memorable style and his logo for Villars chocolate, the “Villars cow”, became famous.
In the 1940s he lived in French-speaking Switzerland, where he created tourism posters in his fresh, youthful style for the Valais and the Bernese Oberland.