Dudovich was one of the most prolific and important of the Italian poster artists. He designed more than six hundred posters in a career that spanned more than half a century. This poster for a liqueur marks Dudovich’s triumphant return to Ricordi after his six-year stint at Chappuis. It is not only one of his masterpieces, but a masterpiece of Italian poster art itself. Using light in a staggeringly effective manner against flat tones and half-tones, he depicts a voluptuous woman leaning over to smell the aroma emanating from a small glass of liqueur. The manner in which the light effusing from the glass spreads all over the table and her body is handled in an exceptionally sensual manner. Her generous decolleté helps turn this simplest of gestures into an unforgettable, monumental act. Weill p. 88, Ricordi 183, Dudovich 170, Manifesto 400.Learn more ›
Orson Welles created a cinematic masterpiece in 1941 with this incredible tour de force in film making. Innovations in cinematography, lighting, design, acting, directing, and more, abound. Despite the attempted suppression of its release by William Randolph Hearst, and its initial low box office return, Citizen Kane has gone on to be called the “greatest American film ever made.” This Italian 4-foglio has magnificent art of Welles as Charles Foster Kane at a political rally.Learn more ›
From time to time this terrific Edward Gorey advertisement for the New York City Ballet will show up with a black background. It is much rarer to find this beautiful burgundy version.Learn more ›
Duncan yo-yos hit the market in 1929 and quickly became an international sensation. Gid’s design, using only two colors, encapsulates the sheer joy of the toy through three intricate characters that are not only playing with yo-yos, but are embodiments of the toy itself. Their heads, each with one large eye, resemble yo-yos, and even the letters seem to dance. A rare mixture of Art Deco and humor.
Raymond Gid 24, Encyclopedie de l’Affiche p. 86, Affiches Art Deco p. 187.
Cocorico was a magazine published between 1898 and 1902. As a literary and artistic publication, its main role was to promote the Art Nouveau movement and its primary artists included Grun, Mucha, Steinlen, de Feure, Villon and many others. In all, there were 63 issues. The name of the periodical is the French term for “cock-a-doodle-doo,” the crowing of a rooster.The light opera by Ganne bearing the same title as the well-known magazine is justly forgotten and the poster by Gruen extremely rare.Learn more ›
Considered by many to be superior to any of the American paper, this sensational French poster boasts graphics featuring Sean Connery by artist Boris Grinsson. James Bond producers truly upped the stakes for this knockout sequel to the highly successful Dr. No. With more villains, action, gadgets, and gorgeous women, this second in the series features all the elements that make the films so appealing.Learn more ›
Japanese-born Foujita was famous for his paintings of women and cats. Towards the end of his life, he converted to Christianity, adopted Leonard as his first name, and devoted himself to painting religious scenes. Clearly from the days before he found God, this invitation to the 1926 Fourth Ball of AAAA tempts the viewer with a long-haired nude and playful harlequin.Learn more ›
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