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Alfred Hitchcock 1988 Film Festival Polish B1 Poster, Swierzy Waldemar

Polish poster commissioned for the Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival 1929-1938 (1988) by Swierzy Waldemar. Fantastic rendition of the main man himself Hitchcock... presumably, given the blood splatter, hot off the set from Psycho :)

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.

This vintage offset lithograph is sized 26 3/4 x 38 1/4. It's in Rolled,  Near Mint/Mint condition, will be sent rolled (unframed).  Paper darken with age on margins. Very little creasing in places. Looks fabulous.