Sorrento 1955; Mario Puppo; 39″x25 3/4″
The other evening we were enjoying a delicious meal at Tutti Matti, an Italian restaurant we love, and we began to consider the qualities of the preparations, wine, liqueur and coffee, not to mention the remarkably congenial and knowledgeable young server, Giacomo.
Giacomo was able to describe the often-days-in-the-making attentions to bringing the produce to superb flavoring. This was our entry point to reflecting on remarkably nuanced vivaciousness in Italian original vintage lithography, such as the poster above by Mario Puppo. Though a work from 1955 and firmly settled in the register of Moderne, the color and shading strategies allow it to carry a bracing kick of art deco perfectionism (just as the marinades of the food release a majestic topspin). Continue reading