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POSTER OF THE MONTH - January 2021

Vintage French auto poster Bonhomme Antar 1930
Dormoy
31 1/2"x24 1/2"
A-,L
I particularly like this French vintage poster, from 1930, for its attention to acting upon both the mundane and the magical. Antifreeze could be a subject that few want to hear about. Yes, persevering in bad weather does touch many. The jaunty vehicle being seen, right as rain, in the distance, shows being small because it tends to be seen as a small and petty subject.
However, instead of flogging a strictly nuts and bolts moment, our deft graphic artist here knows very well how to get things really moving. The road is not only pretty nasty, but pretty gorgeous. The apparition of those motions has provided a glimpse of not only the remote but also the universal. Our little uncanny figure has been mindful that the poetry of life is not a frill. Getting somewhere well, has a topspin which few, unfortunately, choose to notice.
The whole deal here comes with more than scientific know-how. The tableau uses its small, intense area of color, only to become submerged with a grey-white void (including striking compositional touches) beyond creature comforts. It reminds (the alert) that something far more daunting looms in the picture, and only in its range does the "grands froids" (the big chill) "depart" without disaster.


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POSTER OF THE MONTH - February 2021

original vintage airline travel poster SAS South America c. 1960
Otto Nielsen
39 ½” x 24 ½”
A-, P
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most recognizable cities in the world. Despite being dropped into a corner of a less renowned continent, there has arisen a mystique in most eyes to visit soon.
The history there has produced a remarkably strong concern for celebration. Notably, the place becomes a haven of street display and (samba) dance in the days before Lent, no doubt a highlight.
But our artist here, Otto Nielsen, one of the very best posterists of the early days of modernist graphics, chooses not a particularly catchy vision to entice us, but a sense of treasure perhaps even more rewarding. As you see in the work, the famous Sugarloaf Mountain is very down-played; the huge sculpture of Christ the Redeemer is not shown at all. And the renowned beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are also all but hidden. What is, however, is the largely woven crowd enjoying the sun and sky. When all is said and done, your best bet in Rio, Nielsen says, is the blue deep sky and folks who'd rather connect than make a statement alone. The "fabulous" is everywhere. Special warmth is remarkable.


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POSTER OF THE MONTH - March 2021

vintage French golf poster La Cote Basque 1957
Bernard Villemot
38 3/4" x 24"
A,L
Though not specifically about Spring, this is a lovely Villemot poster that seems almost to personify the season that we will all celebrate in a few weeks! In showing off the range of sports and recreational activities to be enjoyed along France's Southern Atlantic shore, it gathers up the tests of skill in a configuration paying homage to more simple gratifications.
The eighteenth hole has been fashioned as a cylindrical (and horse friendly!) mint green valley, the graceful trees of its edges accentuating a drop toward the beach and sea. Little inlets heading toward Spain invite us to meander at will, something easier to do on a fresh Spring day than when the Southern sun is really cooking.


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