As everyone signs off for the Christmas break, I found myself with a minute or two to spare and went for a wander in motor racing art. I stumbled upon a “Geo Ham” painting that I had not seen before and I like it very much. I have long been a fan of the French artist, indeed behind my head as I type I have a “Ham” print on the wall – and very lovely it is. In the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s Ham was the finest automobile artist in the world. He designed posters for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours and many other events: creating a series of Art Deco masterpieces that are still hugely popular. He raced himself on an irregular basis, to indulge a boyhood passion for speed and to help him capture the thrill of racing in a golden age. There is a wonderful romance and style about his work, which no modern artist has ever come close to emulating.
The odd thing about this particular work was that there was something rather familiar about the driver and it took me a while before I suddenly realised that he is a spitting image of Michael Schumacher.
I am sure you will see what I mean…
With that in mind, it is definitely time to shut down the blog for the Christmas period. As much as Michael loves the sport and does not want to stop, I cannot believe that he was doing it in the 1930s as well!
I guess that I will be back in action again around January 3 or 4. I doubt much will happen over the break.