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Babette's Feast 1989 Polish B1 Film Poster, Wieslaw Walkuski

We adore Wieslaw Walkuski's wonderfully baroque design that features on this original first-year-of-release Polish film poster for Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast, the first Danish movie to win an Academy Award for best foreign language film.

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 original vintage movie poster is sized 26 5/8 x 38 inches and in fantastic Near Mint/Mint Rolled condition. It will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1989 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1
Style -
Art by     Wieslaw Walkuski
Rolled/Folded/Other Rolled
Condition Near Mint/Mint
Condition Details

Just light creasing across the middle