Category Archives: Illustration Art

ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA—IN THE REALM OF KUBRICK’S SPACE ODYSSEY

The Montreal-based spectacle concern, Cavalia, derives from a schism of sorts within the vastly successful Cirque du Soleil. Whereas the latter favors moments of incredible athleticism and contortion rather loosely bound to whimsical narrative, Cavalia is about very coherent fusion … Continue reading

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SIGNS OF SPRING, SITTING PRETTY IN OUR COLLECTION

Maudit Vent GBT 1914;Pierre Brissaud;9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″;A,P The spring season means various things to many people. My most vivid childhood memory of spring in Arctic Winnipeg was racing wooden matches along the still-frozen gutters awash with mountains of … Continue reading

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FERN BISEL PEAT—A REMARKABLE AND UNSUNG DESIGNER

We have had, for quite a while now, in our to-show-soon drawer, a little gem of vintage children’s book illustration. Now, in finally focusing on it, I realize how great a master of visual expression has been resting there, patiently … Continue reading

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THE ABSORBING CITY LIFE OF PIERRE BONNARD

plate #3 The subtitle, shown on this book cover (by Pierre Bonnard [1867-1947]) which graduated to fine-art lithograph, in 1892, runs “Ways of Decadence” [the Demi-Monde]. Though the smashing portfolio of Bonnard’s studies of Paris life covers much more than … Continue reading

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GRAPHICS TAKING US REALLY FAR! TWO GREAT CRUISES BY CANADIAN PACIFIC!

Round the World Cruise;Empress of Scotland (1926-1927);Maurice Logan; 10¾”x18 ½” B+, P; Cover; Booklet 48 pp.;22 full page color illus. Our focus today is upon a remarkably conceived and printed booklet promoting two Canadian Pacific cruise tours (in 1926-1927)–one for … Continue reading

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UNDER GRAND CANADIAN SKIES–VINTAGE CANADIAN TRAVEL GRAPHICS ON ONE OF OUR WALLS!

We’ve never before been able to concentrate in this way such a wealth of graphic designs exploring one field. We’ve found, to our delight, that such a quantity, bolstered in frames, exerts much more attraction than a single item! Skimming … Continue reading

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CANADIAN PACIFIC CRUISE SHIPS VIA NORMAN WILKINSON

Our treat today is to luxuriate with not only one zone where brilliant graphic design is a given–namely, Canadian Pacific marketing–but a second powerhouse, namely, the masterful, Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), one of the treasures responsible for the great stature of … Continue reading

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MANY GRAPHIC SMILES ACROSS CANADA!

Manitoba Calling Nov,1946;Anonymous;9 1/2″ x 6 1/4″;A,P;16pp Enlivening the dead of winter, here comes our heat wave in the form of many Canadian graphics to warm our hearts. This excitement coincides with the unprecedented Canadian graphics gallery that launched yesterday, … Continue reading

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FORTUNE MAGAZINE (SEPTEMBER 1938) MEASURING CANADA’S WORTH

We’ll soon be launching our new gallery of vintage Canadian graphic art. And, to give a foretaste of the scintillating and rare treasures we feel so lucky to have found, we’re dipping into an issue of that visually advanced American … Continue reading

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FABULOUS LADIES’ PARTY WEAR—LISTENING TO THE BEAT OF NECESSARY LUXURY IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

Fourrures Max, Leroy and Schmid 1912;Charles Martin;11″ X 7 5/8″;A, P When frigid New Year’s Eve seems to check mate one’s hopes for fanning the flames, there is always an answer in the form of furs comprising a cozy house … Continue reading

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