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POSTER OF THE MONTH - February 2020

Original vintage motorcycle poster Gilera 150 1949
Gino Boccasile
20" x 14 1/2"
A-, L

There are many ways to understand this bemusing vintage poster. But, because I've been for many years a big fan of artist, Gino Bocassile, I focus my thoughts to the maestro's wit and sense of drama.
On the face of it, this circus-like apparition seems out of this world. There is, though, a scene in the recent film, A Hidden Life, where the protagonist is blindfolded in the course of a game of blind man's bluff, the point being one of missing true vision. However, could there be, at the heart of this vignette, much good sense?
The caption reads, "with eyes closed shut." Rather than a death-wish, the couple might be pledging that, come what may, their love will continue to flourish. Therewith, also, the peppy vehicle becomes branded as a means to a new renaissance, receiving an uncanny change.
The works of Boccasile brim with gusto and cheer--a pact with nature to give thanks!


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