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 ›
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 ›
“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 ›
One of the rarest Shelby American posters ever created. ORIGINAL 1964 Sebring 12 Hours Of Endurance Cobra poster celebrating the GT Class win for the Cobras at Sebring.Learn more ›
Of all of Jean Carlu’s posters, Dentrifice Gelle is the most heavily influenced by Cubism. It is also among his very best, and was known to be his favorite. When I organized the retrospective of his work at the Musee de l’Affiche in Paris in 1980, Carlu told me that his dream would be to recreate a lithograph of the Gelle poster. Although the museum could not provide the funds necessary for the printing I was able to assemble the monies to help him realize this dream, and we met together at the Bedos printing house (which closed soon thereafter). For the printing, Carlu brought an outstanding maquette with him, proving that even at the age of 80 he was as good an artist as ever. He had improved upon the original 1927 image by exaggerating the white triangle of the teeth. Then, like in the good old days of lithography, we both worked closely with Mr. Raymond, the chief lithographer at Bedos, going color by color through the image. In all, 1000 copies were printed. In examining the final product, it became clear that while his art had remained as pure and strong as ever, his signature had changed over the years. This was Carlu’s last original poster. Weill no. 354, p. 206 (var), Carlu no. 15.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 ›
“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 ›
Paddlewheel boats have been operated on Lake Como since the 1820s. The Como went into service in 1874, officially designated as a Salon Paddle Steamer. She was demolished in 1953. Although this poster dates from the turn-of-the-century, it has a bold design and a style that belies its early date. The image on this poster is still used today on the cover of the timetables for sailings by the Lariana Company on Lake Como.Learn more ›
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