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Cyrk Polish Circus Poster 3 Lions 1970, Jodlowski

We love the fluid design by Tadeusz Jodłowski of this original Polish Cyrk / Circus poster from 1970. Almost batik in style and unusually for a Polish poster to be in the Landscape orientation.

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 26 1/8 x 38 1/8 inches and from the very first print run of the design. It is in Near Mint/Mint condition. Very little handling, nicks and creases on edges. Looks fabulous. It will be sent rolled (unframed).