SPEAKING OF PICTURES: A VINTAGE GRAPHICS BLOG

PART TWO: BRUNELLESCHI ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE WORK OF ALFRED DE MUSSET

You will discover that, whereas with the first instalment (as to poetry) of our review of the Brunelleschi-illustrated full output of Alfred de Musset’s writings (1949), the key is of erotic fantasy, with the 3-volume theatre works the priority has shifted to a more mainstream motive.

Our first instance here of Brunelleschi’s remarkable range, as capturing subtle mood, takes us to a melancholy moment of the play, “A Caprice,” where the tone has, accordingly, undergone a rapid change.

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A TRULY DELUXE ILLUSTRATED PUBLICATION

In 1995 we trained down from Paris to Versailles early one Sunday morning. There was a market of antiquities, but very few items for us. Almost in desperation about the slim pickings, we did notice and buy a 12-volume, stunning rendition of the complete poems, novels and plays of Alfred de Musset (1810-1857), illustrated, in pochoir style, by that deco dazzler, Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949), and published in 1949.  This was to be Brunelleschi’s swan song; and de Musset’s career steered a course straight to doom, as befits a Romantic-era notable. But this glowing paper product has much more than that to contribute.

The first episode will pertain to the three (of four—one being sold) poetry volumes, which, like the whole collection, takes as its watchword the title of one of his novels, namely, Confessions of a Child of the Century. Our strategy for presenting this treasure of vintage graphic design will be to note features of the “Confessions” as linked to a glowing pochoir. The opening vision ushers in a poetic dialogue touching upon a “Spanish Chestnut.”

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30! (PART 6)

THANKING THE MANY FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SUPPORT !

Perhaps a rather small matter, but a portent of our good fortune in encountering a host of warm and generous associates along our odyssey with vintage graphic art, here was our first purchase, made on July 5, 1986, at a French antique shop in Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty celebrations in full swing and leaving us unable to find art galleries open for business, but instead the establishment of Roland. Our host was accommodating, funny and a lovely change from the denizens of the Gotham art trade.

Here’s a blog regarding Villemot who was our first thrill in vintage  posters!

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30! (PART 5)

INTERNET FOREVER!

There is one more major consideration in covering our internet days, and that is the promotional feature of Social Media. The core of our engaging potential clients online, over and above our website, is the I Desire Vintage Posters Facebook. Please visit us and “Like” us. As I’m sure you know, the main feature of Facebook is “faces,” visual factors; and from our perspective the predominant visual force has to do with vintage graphic art. Our strategy has been to produce photos about design factors (as varied as architecture and basketball) and link the energies of what is generally Toronto experience to the energies of works from our collection.    (Stemming from the beginning of our using computers, we were fortunate in encountering a Toronto agency very adept at ”Search Engine  Optimization”[SEO]—the MOST important marketing tool for internet visibility and retailing.) Continue reading

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30! (PART FOUR)

We welcome the World Wide Web  in 2000!

Our first sighting of the rich vein of vintage poster art happened in New York City. After many years of cherishing the City as a seductive hub of dance, fine art and literature (the latter area being seen as a market for our wares), we were in a kind of seventh heaven on discovering a new world to explore.

That history provided a special delight when, near the outset of our internet days, the New York Times, Summer, 2001, ran an article about us in their digital design head’s up column, The Circuit Section! Though a website was obviously necessary by the year 2000–when, incidentally, we left our day-jobs to become full-time vintage poster dealers–we were far from internet-savvy and several years passed before, with our third and present webmaster, we were fully en route. Our story today (and again, next week) covers the stages of idesirevintageposters.com

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30! (PART THREE)

One late evening on arriving at the Torino train station, we were met by five-year-old twin boys each holding their hand made poster. Along with their  parents, they treated us not only royally but also stole our hearts for 3 amazing days! As we roamed around the Italian North-West extremities (Castellemonte region) with them (the Swiss Alps always in view), we did delight in their lithos. But even more than that, we felt we had come upon very special humans.

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I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30! (PART TWO)

At the time covered by our first I Desire Vintage Posters  anniversary blog ( Jan. 31) , we were, on week-days, occupied with jobs and working evenings and weekends with our vintage poster business. It was a fun, busy and challenging time. Our goal was that one day we could begin to focus full-time with I Desire. In the 1990’s our salaries were directed toward building our inventory. We became very active in acquiring part of the still-voluminous cache of lithos to be found at doable prices in Europe. This was  very fortunate timing to have begun our business when we did. Our posting today and next week  will give a tiny sense of where we’ve been and who we met, to our great-good luck! (The many trips we made extended from 5 weeks to 4 1/2 months.)

Our first scene, in Torino, has been chosen inasmuch as it emphasizes the personal flow of contacts which marked so many of our dealings (and which echoes the nature of our home/ studio situation).   Continue reading

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WHERE WE’VE BEEN—I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30!

On Friday, February 13, 1987 we  began our business as I Desire Vintage Posters. During this month, we will be posting several blogs covering a few highlights of the three decades  of our business and pleasure activities. Our entryway-visual, showing wonders and beauties of electricity, by that great graphic artist, A.M. Cassandre, gets a bit ahead of itself, inasmuch as we began our business affairs in vintage graphic art with only hard-copy paper advertising and photo prints to alert a hopefully eager world at large.    Continue reading

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AWKWARD AND FASCINATING FIGURES IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

 

Pochoir Venetian Ladieshttp://www.idesirevintageposters.com/pochoir-venetian-ladies-c1920.html

One of the joys of our work with vintage fashion graphics is encountering the assurance and brilliance of many of the major artists of the art deco era. Designers like, Georges Lepape, George Barbier, Andre Marty, Umberto Brunelleschi and Eduardo Benito, seem never to falter in their mission of presenting women at their most graceful moments.

But, through the years, we have occasionally been struck by imagery where the lady does not seem to be at ease in her finery. There is, I believe, a concern (far from mere carelessness) to insinuate a dimension of haute couture usually hidden away but revealing , if pressed, malaise far more modern than the bulk of blissfulness the trade expects.

Our first display of Carnival-in-Venice extravagance shows a rather underwhelming output of preening (in headwear that was a mistake) which exacerbates their not being well-prepared for the occasion, leaving them looking like spoiled children. Hopefully, in other contexts, they might show some poise. But what they’ve shown us, unequivocally, is that legendary experience is not primarily about material wealth.    Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS 1943—NEAR AND DEAR

Harpers Vertes Dec,1943http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/artistic-magazines-harpers-bazaar-december-1943.html

Long before there was Cyber Monday there was the more direct World War II, presenting, among other things, a weighty Christmas shopping dilemma. Wrapped up in the glorious Christmas shopping number seen above, we bring to you here (with its surreal Christmas tree by by that same Marcel Vertes who oversaw the visuals and won a couple of Oscars in connection with John Huston’s film, Moulin Rouge [1952]), a true feast of struggle to make merry at death’s door.

In this season when designer Tom Ford has cropped up in the capacity of an auteur, with his Nocturnal Animals, the many forerunners in our pages here, of inflected celebration, give us their own incisive take on the nocturnal. Continue reading

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