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CYRK Lion Lovers 1975 Polish Circus Poster, Swierzy

An original first print run Polish Cyrk (Circus) poster from 1975 featuring art by Waldemar Swierzy. Swierzy's wonderfully surreal design of a half-woman half-lion comforting a rather forlorn male lion speaks volumes.

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 poster is sized 25 3/4 x 38 1/8 inches and in Near Mint/Mint condition, just a couple of pinholes in margins and light creasing in places. Fab condition for its age. It will be sent rolled (unframed).