Category Archives: Poster&Graphic Art

REPEATED MOTIFS IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC POSTERS

D. H. Evans Fashion Wise 1950s;Arpad Elfer;30″ x 40″;A-, Silkscreen We live in a fairly solid context (animal; vegetable; mineral); but we live in something else, not so easily enumerated. To do justice to this latter range of experience graphic … Continue reading

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VINTAGE SPANISH GRAPHICS–DRAMA TO THE MAX!

Sevilla 1925;Juan Miguel;61″ x 41″; B+,L Vintage Spanish lithographic design was not so much about pioneering into the lithographic, technical inventions of the late 19th century nor was it about the audacious historical reflections of that era, which were very much … Continue reading

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THOSE WHO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS, AS SEEN BY VINTAGE LITHOGRAPHIC POSTERS

The Prairie Provinces of Canada Canadian Pacific Railway; c. 1920;Anonymous; 9” x 15 ½”; B+, L In the rather delirious dash to shake up the heavens, vintage graphic design has tended to fix upon sterling, mysterious glamor and one-of-a-kind speeding. What, then, it … Continue reading

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LUCKY PUPPIES: MAN’S GREATEST FRIEND AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

Ambition Realized 1940s;Eugene Iverd;11 ½” x 8 ½”;A, P Dogs come to us in graphic art along two major runways. The first emphasizes their sweet hearts and what that means to their owners. That alone detonates many catchy moments by … Continue reading

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ITALY, SHOWING THAT IT HAS WHAT IT TAKES!

Touring Club Italiano c.1915;Giuseppe Riccobaldi;7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″; A-,P At the heart of many Italian vintage graphics you will find a special fluency for the sizzle of motion. Italian designers tend to be geniuses in capturing the magic of the … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOSTS WITHIN VINTAGE POSTERS AND GRAPHICS

En route pour la Suisse 1935;Herbert Matter;40″ x 25″; B+, L When we began to search for and sell vintage posters we were adamantly opposed to photography getting a look-in. So thrilled were we with the fabulous roster of illustrators we … Continue reading

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SPRING, THE SEASON OF ROMANCE AND LOVE, AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

Le Nid de Pinsons 1922 GBT;Andre Marty;9 1/2″ x 7″;A-,P When, after a severe, austere and long winter, you witness the spurt of the onset of the leaves and blossoms and the return to basking in the warm sunlight, you … Continue reading

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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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DEFINITIVE GLAMOR–GEORGE AND JEANNE BON SALLE’S CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF THE POSTERS OF BERNARD VILLEMOT

The Poster Art Library; New York (2015) 320 pp. ; 12 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ ; Beginning a career of lithographic poster art in the mid-1930s, as he did, Bernard Villemot(1911-1989) would have seemed to be handicapped in being underway … Continue reading

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VINTAGE BEVERAGE POSTERS (PART TWO)—LIGHTNING STRIKING ALL OVER THE PLACE!

Perroy c.1945;Unsigned (Martin Peikert?);50″ x 35″;A-, Japan paper Last week we settled in with the peppy wit and graciousness of the designs of French champagne and cognac promotions. This week we’re on a grand tour of the Continent looking for … Continue reading

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