The Michelin Man, in his trademark orange boots, is happily puffing on a cigar and dispensing tires (Michelin, of course) to those in need; against a deep blue background, lettering in yellow and red. Left blank when the poster was printed, the text box at the bottom was filled in by different merchants with their names and addresses; in this case, Gabriel Mottin.Learn more ›
“To announce the launch of the Cunard White Star line’s biweekly luxury liner service between New York and Cherbourg, Roquin created this handsome composition, visually equating two behemoths of the sea . . . with one of the ultimate symbols of the Art Deco era, the Chrysler Building . . . the New York City skyline in the background creates the illusion of a giant anchor” (Crouse p. 239). Weallans p. 173, Crouse p. 239.Learn more ›
The leading name in luxury wristwatches, Rolex has been the preeminent symbol of performance and prestige for over a century.” That’s how the company describes itself on its website. And without a doubt it’s true. However, it does sound a bit stuffy, doesn’t it? Once more it’s Leupin to the rescue. Seeing as their logo openly implies that a Rolex is fit for a king, Leupin simply adds the arm of a Rolexed monarch to a black background, pointing to the logo. Sly and masterfully understated.Learn more ›
John Pashe designed The Rolling Stones’ iconic “tongue and lip” logo in 1971, as well as four concert posters between 1970 and 1974. Each of his posters for the band is a paean to the Art Deco transportation designs of the 1920s and 30s, reinterpreted with a post-Haight Ashbury flourish.Learn more ›
“One of the fundamental premises of art nouveau was to look for inspiration in nature, and in THE FLOWERS set Mucha produced one of the best arguments for it. The four ethereal sprites represent The Lily, The Iris [shown here], The Rose, and The Carnation, respectively, and it is a clear case of Beauty celebrating beauty in each instance. By using only soft pastels and harmonious composition, Mucha imbued each scene with a sense of tranquility and quiet enjoyment” (Lendl/Paris, pp. 86-87). This delicate beauty in a clinging dress is surrounded by irises in the gentlest shades of violet. The voluptuous shapes of the blooms are a good match for her own.Learn more ›
An elegant 1926 study in contrasting graphic styles. Charles Loupot’s nibbler– all geometric contours, smudged tones, and Modigliani neck– becomes a fantasy of taste above and beyond the chocolate bar wrapper.Learn more ›
Clint Eastwood has a literal fistful of dollars on this vibrant Italian poster by noted Sicilian artist, Michelangelo Papuzza. This striking country of origin, from Sergio Leone’s ground-breaking spaghetti Western, was created to coincide with the 1968 70mm release of the film in Italy, after it attained classic status.Learn more ›
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