POSTER OF THE MONTH
Fort William LNER
40” x 50”
British Rail posters, from the 1920's and 1930's, were a dash of Magic Realism in an era otherwise aflame with the fiery distortions of art deco and Surrealism. The graphic artists commissioned to stress the attractions of holiday spots and railway rolling stock were a felicitous small army who were able to bring to great heights their love for the phenomena of their homeland.
Here Grainger Johnson cherishes a moody day in the Scottish Highlands, with its overcast sky still able to direct a few shafts of glorious sunlight upon the perky structures of the town, and upon that sailing yacht being excitingly challenged by the peppery winds so typical and so beloved. The unusual (for Britain) mountainousness is vigorously presented (the major peak is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles) in earthy tones, made even more dashing by the contrasting blue of Loch Linnhe. amazing clothes and Like so many of his colleagues, Johnson was a brilliant exponent of graphic composition. The tilt of the boat and the touch of the sun play wonderfully against the changeless highlands, to an upshot of vivid pleasure. This poster is rare!