Artist: EUGENE GRASSET (1841-1917) Size: 32 3/8 x 50 1/2 in./82.2 x 128.2 cm Condition: B+/ Slight tears at folds. Printer: Imp. G. de Malherbe, Paris Reference: Ref: DFP-II, 408; Berthon & Grasset, 26; Gold, 180; Graphic Design/Taschen, p. 104; PAI-XXX, 230 Key Words: Art Nouveau; Art Deco; Exhibition
1e Exposition d’Art Décoratif. 1894. Grasset created the first poster for the first annual show of decorative arts. It was the beginning of a movement that culminated in 1925 with a widely acclaimed exhition that introduced Art Deco as a major trend in a wide field of applied arts. At this early stage, Grasset represents Art Deco as a lightly draped nude, manipulating flowering branches, hinting at Art Deco's preoccupation with themes from nature as ornamental elements.
This flock of eagles looks like a single bird, in stop-motion sequence, alighting to the air, inspired by the plane careening toward the edge of the frame. Much in keeping with the Italian political climate of the 1930s, this poster for the first Milanese air show is both stately and aggressive, with a palpable weight and mass to the objects shown. This is the smaller, French-text format version of the poster.