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Horse of the Steppe 1979 Polish B1 Film Poster, Flisak

We simply adore this original Polish film poster for Turkmenistan horse melodrama Khalmamed Kakabayev (Horse of the Steppe). Arrestingly beautiful design by Flisak. Unsurprisingly our favourite from our new additions!

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 1/2 x 37 7/8 inches. It will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1979 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1 
Style -
Art by     Jerzy Flisak
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent/Near Mint
Condition Details Originally folded (as issued) but stored flat a long tiem and fold-lines softened. Will be sent rolled. Just handling nicks and small tears on edges. Smashing condition.