Category Archives: Surrealist Posters&Graphics

THE RISE OF PAIN IN DREAMS—PHARRELL WILLIAMS GETS SERIOUS

Billy Wilder made movies (like Some Like It Hot) and collected modern classical paintings. Pharrell Williams makes songs like “Happy” and collects figurines that could not be called happy. In fact they could be called Surrealist, with all the toil … Continue reading

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ROSE ET NOIR (UPBEAT AND DOWNBEAT)

L’Ombre de la Liberte (1931)Paul Iribe;12  ½” x 10”;litho I of IX from Rose et Noir In 1931, the Nicolas Paris-based wine store chain, produced a deluxe lithographic project , titled, Rose et Noir. This effort was a bid to … Continue reading

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THE MUSIC OF GRAPHIC ART

Last week we attended a musical event that ruffled a lot of feathers. It will be covered in some detail on Friday’s blog; but, for now, suffice it to say that the percussive aspect was more than most members of … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC ART, GETTING INTO THE SEASON

This design is titled, “The Christmas Spirit;” and the designer, Marcel Vertes (among other things an Academy Award winner for art and costume design), has excitingly introduced with it a fascinating preoccupation to be found in the work of a … Continue reading

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MODERN LIFE, ACCORDING TO VINTAGE GRAPHICS

We’re arrested, in strangely stimulating ways, by graphic productions thrilled to be advanced while now appearing quaint. Our 1939 depiction of a propeller-driven giant over Machine-Age New York may be now long-surpassed in its hardware; but let’s see if its … Continue reading

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WE WANT THE TROPICS, AND WE WANT THEM NOW!

I know there actually people who love grey, wet, cold weather (something about being able to sleep). But when Toronto’s weather becomes as dispiriting as its sports teams, I, for one, turn my back on it and soak up real … Continue reading

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AUSTIN COOPER’S FASCINATING BOOK , MAKING A POSTER

The career of graphic designer, Austin Cooper (1890-1964), may be characterized as enacting how British Canadians were, less than a hundred years ago. Born in the farming village of Souris, Manitoba, he hopped over to Montreal, and then to London, … Continue reading

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HIGH DRAMA— DANGEROUSLY THRILLING MOMENTS IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

                                  Harper’s Bazaar (March, 1940) A.M. CassandreFashion that was really edgy! Here we behold the business of exciting beauty coming up against the shadows of death-dealing military forces. Staying cool in face of the horror of the imminent Nazi Occupation, … Continue reading

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LIFE AT SEA: NAUTICAL GRAPHICS THAT STAY ON COURSE!

                              Crociere Estate (1935) Gino Boccasile;11″ x 8 1/4″;B+,P There is something hard to describe but quite overwhelming about vintage graphics that capture the play of light on the high seas. The figure shown here could have caught some rays … Continue reading

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MOBILIZING THE MASSES: GRAPHIC STRATEGIES IN TIMES OF WAR

                 Wings for Victory (1942)Manning de V. Lee; 33” x 16”;A-, P; calendar “Propaganda” is such an ugly word, don’t you think? Today we want to take a look at various ways graphic designers have elicited enthusiasm for unavoidable military … Continue reading

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