Category Archives: Illustration Art

PARIS, THAT GOLDMINE OF GRAPHIC ART!

Pacha Noir 1890s;Jules-Alexandre Grun; 48″ X 34″; B+, L About 1890, Parisian artist, Jules Cheret, discovered an efficient and low-cost technique for the production of lithographs, leading to a torrent of advertising graphics adding even more brilliance, delight and mystery to the … Continue reading

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PARIS 1926

Paris Streets 1926;Charles Laborde;13″ x 16″;Engraving from portfolio,Rues et Visages de Paris A most amazing engraved graphic that allows us to enjoy the excitement in the streets of this romantic city!

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ZELDA ILLUMINATES OUR COLLECTION!

This week, for the first time, our blog does not centre upon instances of graphic design redolent of an avant-garde of the early twentieth century. Instead we’re catching up with a current magazine which has delighted us for years now, … Continue reading

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WAY DOWN YONDER: A NEW DAY ON OLD TURF

We recently did some work with the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. This, we have found to our delight, is a remarkable collection of American and European painting, sculpture, decorative art, vintage graphic art and vintage books (historical … Continue reading

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NOTHING SKETCHY ABOUT THE SKETCH

The British periodical known as The Sketch (1893-1959) took upon itself the project of showing “aristocracy” in a positive light. In addition to its coverage of expensive events and pampered heirs and heiresses, it was able to attract illustrators and–most … Continue reading

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THE SPECIAL MOMENT IN VIEW IN VINTAGE FORTUNE MAGAZINES

Back for a closer look at the design package that kicked off this blogsite (on September 3, 2012), we’re especially drawn to an ad (from the January, 1931 issue) for office furniture. The furniture itself is totally lacklustre. But the … Continue reading

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FALL FASHIONS OF LONG AGO—STILL YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME

  Salo de Creacions 1935;Gerard;19 ¼” x 13 ¼”;A, L Fall fashions and Halloween come together where we live, due to most of the population being intent on playing out (every day, every season) some variant of Road Warrior—a bit … Continue reading

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VINTAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY PERE CASTOR

Bravo, Tortue(Bravo Tortoise), 1950; 7″ x 8 1/4″ Last week we met, Christina, working at our beloved Cafe Neuf—here in Toronto for a 1 year hiatus from work at the Paris publisher, Flammarion. On hearing this from her, it was … Continue reading

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THE GOLDEN, EDGY FASCINATION OF FORTUNE MAGAZINE, JUNE, 1933

Naysayers notwithstanding, this is, for me, an irresistible graphic design. It graces the back cover of an issue of lithographically and journalistically advanced Fortune Magazine, and was published 81 years ago. First a concept: it takes guts for a bride … 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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