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AS THE INDUSTRIAL AGE SWEPT IN, a new kind of advertising emerged in America: the "artistic poster." The genre first appeared in France where cultural events were promoted by large posters. It was a "postimpressionism" age where printer arts, such as the poster and "hand bill" became a legitimate art form. And, get this: the movement and the "artistic poster" actually established graphic design as a respected profession. Artists such as Aubrey Beardsley and and Alphonse Mucha applied their artistic decoration to popular publications and posters of the day. Will Bradley, one of the most influential American poster artists also happens to be one of the first artists to be called an art director! (At right we see another of Alphonse Mucha's most memorable works. There's also a larger version.)
If you want to dig into the age of Art Nouveau, authorities agree Mucha is the artist to study. Our art above is taken from the Alphonse Mucha : The Spirit of Art Nouveau by Victor Arwas, Jana A. Brabcova, Jean-Marie Bruson, Anna Dvorak. This lavishly illustrated book presents the full spectrum of Alphonse Mucha's works, from his innovative posters and decorative panels to his architectural designs, jewelry, sculpture, photographs, books, and interiors. The authors discuss Mucha's years in Paris, his iconography of Sarah Bernhardt, his service to the Czech government, his distinctive style that became nearly synonymous with turn-of-the-century French Art Nouveau, and much more.
Our art (above, right) is from The Complete Masters of the Poster by Roger Marx, with Stanley
Appelbaum (Editor) which includes all 256 Color Plates from Les Maitred De L'Affiche.
If you're a designer, illustrator or just a a collector of antique posters this is
the last word in Posters. Roger Marx has gathered an astounding selection of posters
spanning an entire era of high-art visual communications. Each carries thorough background
information as well. Designers: it's a treasure trove of great ideas.
The Essence of Art Nouveau by Paul Greenhalgh leads
you through the key elements of the richly ornamental style that took Europe and
America by storm at the turn of the last century. The book features short thematic
sections and a rich selection of fabulous artworks in every medium, some well known
and others previously unpublished.
The Art Nouveau movement had tremendous influence on artists, illustrators, and the printing trade in America including an Art Nouveau revival in the post-war, '60s "hippie" movement. Even today we still see the best of Art Nouveau in use throughout the visual communications industry -- like this painting of Marilyn Monroe for "Visages De Renom, SARL" by New York illustrator Les Katz; or the many works of Milton Glaser and his Push-Pin studio.
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