Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn
Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn
Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn
Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn
Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn
Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn

Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn

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Swissair | Douglas DC-4 | HB-ILE | Matterhorn

Artist: Kmita

Size: 160 x 120 cm

Unique exemplar (1/1) signed by the artist, including a Certificate of Authenticity.

Description: 

The new Douglas DC-4 was developed under the darkening clouds of WW2, and upon the USA's entry into war all DC-4s then on the production line were requisitioned for the US military. The result was that the first DC-4 flew for the first time on February 14 1942 in military markings. The DC-4 was found to admirably suit the USAAF's requirement for a long range cargo transport, and 1162 were built through the war years.

As was the case with the DC-3, the end of war meant that much of that number were surplus and sold to the world's airlines. Over the years the survivors have been passed down to charter and freight airlines, and today small numbers survive in service as freighters. The high Range of the DC-4 allowed flights from Europe to the US, hence Swissair started its trans-atlantic crossing from Geneva to New York with HB-ILE and HB-ILA. Swissair Subsidiary Balair also had three used DC-4s in their fleet.

The artwork depicts the Swissair HB-ILE inaugurated over the Matterhorn in accordance with tradition. The 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt. This iconic pyramid-shaped peak is certainly the most famous mountain in Europe.

The legend of the Matterhorn was born in 1865 when the peak was conquered for the first time by the British mountaineer Edward Whymper and news of the event quickly travelled around the world. Over 150 years on, the peak, more than 4'000 metres in altitude and once considered to be unconquerable, seems to act like a magnet on mountaineers from all over the world. Respect, awe, fascination – all of these make the legendary peak one of the most extraordinary destinations for travellers from near and far.

Paper: Hahnemühle Matt Fine Art paper 305gsm

Frame: Tailored Fine Art wooden framing provided by Pierre Rosso Encadrements with premium anti-reflective glass (92% UV protection)

Framed artwork with national and international transport are delivered in a sur-mesure wooden crate built exclusively for the artwork. Orders made in Geneva and Lausanne area, with framing option, include professional hanging and installation service on location. 

International collectors: Please note that the anti-reflective glass option is not available due to the large size of the artwork. However, it is possible to use similar technique as museums and deliver the glass separated from the artwork in the same art-crate with additional protective materials. Please contact us for further information. 


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