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Midnight Cowboy 1973 Polish A1 Film Poster, Swierzy

Iconic and suitably impactful art features on the orginal Polish film poster for Midnight Cowboy.

The striking design by acclaimed Polish School of Posters artist Waldemar Swierzy for the stone-cold, Oscar winning, classic makes it one of the most coveted Polish posters. Simply stunning.

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 vintage movie poster is in fantastic unrestored condition. It is sized 23 x 32 1/2 inches and will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1973 (first-year-of-release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish A1 (23 x 33 inches)
Style -
Art by     Waldemar Swierzy
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent/Near Mint
Condition Details

Originally folded (as issued) but stored flat a long time and folds barely noticeable. Pin-holes in corners and two on middle left hand side. Light creases in places. Strong colour. Looks amazing