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CYRK Lion Tamer 1960s Polish Circus Poster, Srokowski

A very rare early 1960s Polish Cyrk (Circus) poster featuring charming Lion Tamer artwork by Jerzy Srokowski. A super stylish design, very charming.

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 18 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches and in Near Mint/Mint condition, just tiny paper-loss bottom right corner. It will be sent rolled (unframed).