When it comes to great posters for the 60s classic Point Blank, you're spoilt for choice. However, the Polish poster is one of our favourites and also one of the rarest. Zelek's suitably dark and moody artwork of Lee Marvin with midnight blue highlights against deep black is simple sublime.
The end of the Second World War marked the dawn of a new period in the development of Polish poster art, which became known as the Polish School of Posters. The recently installed Communist regime began commissioning artists to design posters not only with social and political messages, but also, and more prominently, to promote the many aspects of the government-run (Ministry of Art and Culture) cultural media: concerts, exhibitions, film, jazz, opera, theatre, etc. and the circus (cyrk in Polish). The artists were instructed to reject Western values in their posters and were to follow rules about appropriate messaging, but other than that, they had complete artistic freedom. This resulted in some truly unique and bold designs, chock-full with individual personality, wit and subversive commentary. Heavy in metaphors and symbolism and executed in a painterly fashion with handcrafted typography the posters of the Polish School of Posters significantly influenced the international development of graphic design. The highly original designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.
Professionally cleaned, de-acidified and linen-backed. Without any restoration.
Actual poster size is 23 1/4 x 33 inches (25 1/2 x 35 1/4 inches including the linen-backing).
|Year||1970 (First year of release in Poland)|
|Poster Type||Polish A1 (23 x 33 inches)|
|Art by||Bronislaw Zelek|
|Rolled/Folded/Other||Rolled - Linen-backed|
|Condition Details||Very light wear on folds. Few pin-holes in corners. Otherwise in great condition|