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Cyrk Elephant 1975 Polish Circus Poster, Treutler

Another wonderfully contemporary design by Jerzy Treutler features on this striking and very rare original Polish Cyrk/Circus poster from 1975. Superb elephant artwork. 

The ‘Cyrk” circus poster in Poland appeared for the first time in 1962 when the ZPR (Zjednoczone Przedsiębiorstwa Rozrywkowe, or United Entertainment Enterprises), the state agency that oversaw the circus, commissioned leading artists from the Polish School of Posters to develop a modern approach to the circus poster.

The ZPR wanted a new look for the circus poster to complement the circus’ efforts to upgrade its image. Not intended to advertise specific performances, they, rather, celebrated the essence of the circus through rich artistic expression with designs typically featuring clever metaphors, bold colours and humour. Heavy in symbolism, provocative and highly original the designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.

This vintage offset lithograph is from the first print run of the poster and is sized 26 3/8 x 38 1/2 inches and in folded/rolled Near Mint condition.