Category Archives: Art Nouveau/Belle Époque Posters&Graphics

DELICIOUS ITALIAN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

Sorrento 1955; Mario Puppo; 39″x25 3/4″ The other evening we were enjoying a delicious meal at Tutti Matti, an Italian restaurant we love, and we began to consider the qualities of the preparations, wine, liqueur and coffee, not to mention … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC CIVILIZATION AND WILD ANIMALS

ggg Antelope 1989;Kazumasa Nagai;41″x29″ It might be a good idea to begin our embrace of original vintage poster design’s focus upon animals, by way of a creature’s-eye-view of what is thrilling. The work shown above, Kazumasa Nagai’s reverie on the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART AND GREAT EXPOS–MAKING SOMETHING BIG EVEN BIGGER

Atherton; 30″ x 20″ Modern technology has enabled a proliferation of international events focussing upon excellence and the changes going on in current history. This poster graphic from one of the most memorably iconic attention getters deftly thrills to a … Continue reading

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BIG AND BOLD: LARGE FORMAT CLASSIC POSTER ART

                   Deauville 1920s Jean-Gabriel Domergue;47 3/4″ x 64 3/4″;A, LOur commitment to small-format graphic design brilliance is unwavering; but we also know that voluminous graphic presence facilitates rewards unattainable by modest scale. Need a jump-start after a tangled day? How … Continue reading

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BLACK AND RED: NOT MERE COLORS!

At the outset of lithographic poster communications (in the 1890′s), an inspired French designer, Jules-Alexandre Grun, hit upon color cues to evoke the addictive verve and uncanniness of Belle Epoque Paris delights.

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LADIES IN ADVERTISING

So often you’ll hear that advertising demeans women, that it tends to imply that they are mere physical entities with no more-elevated features. This seems a dynamite argument, until you stop to consider, “What’s wrong with physical riches?” Sure, calculative … Continue reading

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PIERRE BONNARD AND THE BELLE EPOQUE

Not terribly unlike the situation for daring artists today, attempting to garner a critical mass of enthusiasts from out of a populace rabid for dubious sensations, Pierre Bonnard found himself on a slippery slope.

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THE LITHOGRAPHS OF PIERRE BONNARD

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and print-maker acutely committed to avant-garde efforts as commonly designated Art Nouveau. His special take upon the matter became known as Les Nabis, a concentration upon delicate minutiae of figures and settings, and the … Continue reading

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ART NOUVEAU GRAPHICS

Today we’ll try to make amends for ignoring hitherto a great design endeavor, namely, Art Nouveau, particularly in its graphic desigm output. During its heyday in the period just before World War I, Art Nouveau thrilled to a new and … Continue reading

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Belle Epoque and Art Deco and Something Else

Two magnificent posters are in view today (over and above the two great works above, introducing the stars of the day), each celebrating the good life in vastly differing ways. We could leave the pairing as merely consisting of Belle … Continue reading

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