Category Archives: Surrealist Posters&Graphics

JEAN COCTEAU: AN ARTIST NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

During the German Occupation of Paris, Jean Cocteau, assisted by his friend, Jean Marais, shook off a decade-long oblivion due to opium addiction, and wrote the script for Robert Bresson’s film, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1944/1945).

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VALENTINES IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

An old pop song runs, “Love is a many-splendored thing;” and we have the testimony of a vast array of graphic art to establish how varied loving relations can be. One of the more challenging but also. I think, more … Continue reading

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PAUL DELVAUX, MASTER OF SURREALIST GLAMOR

When I was in High School, I came upon—by way of Time Magazine, of all things—the paintings of Paul Delvaux.

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A.M. CASSANDRE

One of the most resolved poster artists to grace the era (1890–1940) of the métier’s heyday was A.M. Cassandre. During the 1920’s and 1930’s he designed enticements–particularly for transportation firms–which would impact by way of streamlined composition and surrealist spatiality … Continue reading

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FRIDA KAHLO

Diego Rivera could be termed a happy chef, mixing many gifts of nature and history into revealing and joyous adventures of taste and travel (hard or otherwise). His far less happy partner, Frida Kahlo, was something else. And yet, you … Continue reading

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DELUXE PORTFOLIOS

One of the great joys of tending to the graphics of the twentieth century consists in encountering limited edition, lithographic portfolios that concentrate on a sharply focused, visually exciting area of interest. We’ll begin an ongoing tribute to this artistry … Continue reading

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THE LONG SHADOWS OF SURREALISM

How often have we described something a bit odd as “surreal”? Usually, in bringing up that word, we are struck by a setting where the parts are seldom seen together. For instance, the recent film, Melancholia, sends us the following … Continue reading

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SURREALIST GRAPHICS by LUCIEN BOUCHER

Surrealism stems from French sensibility, that special carnal fastidiousness to be discerned in Impressionist painting (and so many other modern forms of art— Fauve, Cubist and post-Impressionist), Proust, Absurdist theatre and a gamut of design ranging from architecture to cuisine. … Continue reading

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A LITTLE STORY

Here’s a little story that begins in what seems to be firmly fixed in the heart of the performing arts—specifically dance—but actually extends to contemporary fiction, music and the whole galaxy of Surrealism, including Surrealist graphics. In 1986, the great … Continue reading

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