MARIO PUPPO (1905-1977)

 

The history of Italian graphic design over the past hundred years or so presents us with keen insights into arts reflections about the modern era. Be it the improvisation upon Jugenstil (German Art Nouveau) by Marcello Dudovitch, the deco theatricality of Guiseppe Riccobaldi, or the Futurism of Fortunato Depero, one senses first-rate practitioners making their way into a stressful but thrilling time.

Mario Puppo was a later exponent of this adventure. His designs tend to draw deco or streamline moderne factors into a more easy-going impact.


But we should recognize the innovative power and daring informing that lighter touch. His major works—of which there are many—tend to favor perspectives that introduce abysses both precarious and exhilarating.

That panache with landscape—no doubt accounting for his becoming primarily in demand as a designer of travel posters—comes to deliver impressions redolent of a mystery quite appealing, just challenging enough to make a beautiful place seem unusually stimulating.


One of the rewards of attending to Puppo’s output is its prompting us to savor the thin line he treads between chic and danger.

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