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Cyrk Elephant Riding Acrobat 1962 Polish Circus Poster, Cieslewicz

Extremely rare early Polish circus poster by on the master's of the Polish School of Poster Roman Cieslewicz. Typcially clever and witty design by Cieslewicz.

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 cyrk poster has been professionally linen-backed in the European style (without any restoration). It is sized 18 5/8 x 26 1/2 inches (20 5/8 x 28 1/4 inches including the linen-backing) and in Near Mint/Mint Condition. Just paper darkened with age a little, tiny paper-loss on bottom left hand corner. Couple of tiny nicks on right margin. Looks fantastic.

It will be sent rolled (unframed).

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