Category Archives: Surrealist Posters&Graphics

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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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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