The affinities between vintage illustrative art and the multifaceted business of gambling boil down to the volatility of the practise of eking out a living against severe odds. Turning a decent buck or franc from going to the heart of excitement especially pertains to a shot of daring not common at all. Therefore the sky’s the limit in celebrating this wild and wonderful world! Of the many graphic designs depicting various casinos, racetracks, lottery posts etc, a constant is the high level of well-being in the players and the beauty and liveliness of the venues. (Of course there are disasters along this form of skyrocketing. But the priority in this field is to show the poise and wonderment of the risk-takers and their territory.)
So we begin with a wealthy player, playing a game, Banco, which the House totally stage-manages. The faint presence of the graphic quality captures the abstraction of the seeker who is very remote from us and from everyone. There is an aura of mystery about someone so attracted to a kind of disappearance.
When it comes to promoting national lotteries, however, the tone consists of a heavy whiff of nuts and bolts considerations balancing, if not entirely overwhelming, the wild-dream current of the activity.
An angelic presence to pitch a bid for the stratosphere!
This bridge score-card might seem far above (chess-level austerity) monetary considerations. But bridge is a process of skill, luck and winning (like poker) which can be very germane to the haute couture-wealth emanating from the imagery!
The stakes tend to be very high at the Monte-Carlo casino. Here an expensive starlet, resembling Brigitte Bardot, ramps up the aura of fortunes waiting to be won!
Taking a flying start to the casino! A world of charm for the sake of evoking the sizzle of rolling dice!
Aftermath of a Russian wedding reception, where feelings typically turn to violent competition!
The lightning of the ponies lifts an aficionado/ punter to the heavens!
O’Rossen (1928); Anonymous; 12″x 9 5/8″; A,P,Plate from Pan
Prim in the face of volcanic thrills! A gambler’s sangfroid!
The muscle of fortune!