André COLLOT "He has a Vaurien" © Musée national de la Marine / A. Fux
André COLLOT (Montigny-le-Roi, 1897-Paris, 1976)
He has an 1952-53 Rater
Bottom right: André Collot
Displays. H. 0,60; L. 0,40
Don. Inv. 2013.33.2
Great illustrator and French engraver of the inter-war period, known to all bibliophiles lovers of rare books, André Collot was also an excellent sailor and the faithful crew of the writer Jacques Perret.
Author of these promotional posters, he was able to translate the modern and relaxed character of the navigation aboard this new dinghy. By the very explicit hooks "his dream, a Vaurien", "he has a Vaurien", accompanying the drawing, it shows the attraction that this sailboat exerts.
The Vaurien is a monotype, symbol of a new nautical practice, initiated after the war by the famous Glénans sailing school, on simple and robust units.
Designed by Jean-Jacques Herbulot (1909-1997) this solid and inexpensive initiation boat has triggered a cultural shock in the traditionalist yacht-club environment. Since its creation in 1951, 36 000 units have been built. Herbulot, Perret and Collot collaborated on the Cahiers du Yachting which largely supported and accompanied the launch of the Vaurien.