A Life of Pleasure was the last play to be written and produced by Henry Pettitt. It debuted in September, 1893 and was transferred from Drury Lane to Princess's, which offered more room, and ran through February, 1894. The story tells of "a woman who succumbs to the lure of evil sensuality and falls victim to the machinations of a heartless upper-class, pleasure-loving seducer" (Fantasies of Empire, p. 199). One would not know from Pal's design that this striking lady becomes a fallen woman, but we appreciate Pal's decision to show her triumphant and independent.
In your face! Mademoiselle de l'Affiche thrusts her brush into the nose of a stunned Pierrot in a grand assertion of artistic control. The poster announces that the artist, Léon Dardenne, will now be solely in charge of all posters produced by the Bulens printing firm. An audacious design for its time, and for ours as well.
In the English-village mysteries popularized by Agatha Christie everyone is so cozy and the roses bloom so prettily that one almost neglects to notice the specter of mayhem. Alcorn announces a Mystery! series of these murderous romances and criminal comedies with the image of a sweet young thing in a frame resembling fine Haviland china.
Condition: B- / slight tears; restored loss at upper right corner
Though the scene presented here was also used in Gray's more famous promotion for Théâtre de l'Opéra (see PAI-LXXVIII, 301), this poster advertises a masked ball at the Alcazar. The café-concert later known as Alcazar d'Hiver thrived from 1858-1902 on the Rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière.
Printed in 1969, it was created to advertise the Grain of Sand ceiling piece of the Aleph Sanctuary. The intricacy of this poster is too great to properly be appreciated online. It is absolutely packed with tiny, fascinating images, all poured together to embody this meditational ceiling. It's absolutely amazing.
This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster designed by Pushpin studios.
It advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of All For Love.
The poster's design provides the dictionary definitions for each word in the title (all, for, love). The series itself came in five parts (five separate plays), and starred Joan Plowright and Alec McCowen.
Inspired by African textile motifs, Hampton created this exultant dancer for an appearance of the all-black Ailey troupe at New York’s City Center. He got his design start in the late 19605 at Caffecino, one of the first off-Broadway theaters for young playwrights, and now works in advertising.
Keiser's 20-odd posters for an annual Hamburg festival devoted to American folk blues always work a compelling variation of a well-worn acoustic guitar. Here, the instrument seems to be playing itself with the equally well-worn hands of a black woman. Names of featured acts are superimposed on the guitar image in type like so many familiar scratches.
An Artist's Model was a two-act musical comedy written on the heels of the composer's much-heralded A Gaiety Girl from two years prior. Its plot focuses on a former nude model who, now a widowed millionairess, returns to the studio to pursue her lost artist love. He in turn only takes interest in her once she is engaged to an English nobleman. This is the smaller format version of the design.
The precocious Buffet had made his name as a leading French figurative painter by his early 20s. His landscapes and portraits -- marked by sad greys, spiky forms and obtrusively angular signature -- are icons of the 1950s and 60s. Widely exhibited, his paintings are in the permanent collections of London's Tate Gallery and the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. This foray into graphic art was occasioned by the appearance of Buffet's wife Annabel, a popular French singer, at the Olympia music hall. The poster was printed by noted Parisian lithographer Mourlot.
Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features a gun/knife raised to the sky with the word America? written across the top. Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history. This is an EXCEPTIONALLY RARE poster.
Printed in 1968 by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, this poster is part of a series created to protest the Vietnam War. This particular poster features a gas-masked anonymous person, with the quote "Is this the American Way" reading below. Supplies were donated by concerned supporters and the students ultimately made 8 posters in the series. They were sold for a few dollars that year, many being hung around college campuses and really wherever the students could slap them onto a wall. A complete collection of this series is held in the Library of Congress and is considered to be one of the more important examples of young activism in our country's history.