Art Deco Exhibitions Posters
The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes which gave the name "Art Deco" to the new design movement, opened on April 28, 1925 and closed in October of that year. Arguably the most important design exhibition of the 20th Century, the fair was originally planned for 1915 but World War One and the following economic uncertainty caused it to be postponed until 1925. Germany was invited too late (possibly intentionally) to mount a presence and Herbert Hoover, then the Secretary of Commerce, informed the French government that the United States would not participate. Reportedly some sixteen million people visited the exhibition. The Exhibition, which was to reflect glory on France and its consumer goods, required a new graphic image. This started slowly with a poster by Henri Rapin (1873-1939)announcing the sale of bonds for the Exposition showing craft workers with flags of several countries (including the United States). The bonds, authorized April 1923, look much the same as other French bonds of the era. Ric collected these posters over a period of 30 years! The 10 works are documented in most of the literature of the period as well as in almost every book written about Art Deco after the period. They are in A+ Condition!! Framed and matted in museum quality framing by Steve Meeks & Sons at Borders in Miami. They are NOT to be sold individually. The entire collection is priced at $ 70,000.00. These are the works included: 1. Bonds Emission Poster by Henry Rapin (described above) 2 - 5. Robert Bonfils (1886-1972) created the most famous and ubiquitous of the four posters commissioned for the exhibition. His creation in red and black in imitation of a woodcut shows a young maid and leaping deer over stylized flora and a frieze of geometric flowers above her head. All four elements became icons of the Art Deco movement. The poster was produced in the standard 23’’x15’’ size and also in a larger 39’’x26’’ size. The image was also used on the cover of the official catalog of the exhibition. The poster also exists in the standard 23’’x15’’ size format with blue replacing the red…the blue poster is very rare. 6. The only other poster to be offered in the two sizes is Charles Loupot’s (1892-1962)stunning vision of factories (industry) pouring out smoke which turns into a giant stylized flower (art). 7. Andre Girard (1901-1968) produced the rarest of the four posters for the Exhibition. His image shows a pyramid of smokestacks in the background with their smoke rising toward the center. A pyramid of men struggle to reach a chalice held aloft. This poster is only known in the standard 23’’x15’’ size. 8. The organizers reached back to a “romantic” style for the fourth poster. Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) was considered at the time of the Exhibition to the most important living sculptor in France and in contrast to the younger designers of the other three posters he represented a link to the past glories of French art. The legend on the bottom translates to: “by labor and by Genius”. It is only found in the standard 23”x15” size. 9. A large etching by Louis Pierre Rigal (1889-1959) was awarded to exhibitors and judges at the Exhibition. The etching reveals two young women on a divan, the one on the left is all but completely covered and asleep…she represents the Old Order, the past. The girl on the right is smiling and partly nude, she has stylized flowers and ringlets in her hair and represents the exhibition’s break with the past. A modern vase, bust, plate and industrial gear complete the message: There is a new day, the past is behind and the 1925 exposition leads the way! 10. An actual bond issued for the Paris Exposition.
This Belgian art deco vintage stone lithographic poster by Leo Marfurt ( 1894-1977) promotes the 1935 Bruxellles Exposition Universelle. The poster shows Atlas against an orange green shield holding the world. The poster, which is sponsored by the “Chemins de Fer Belges” was produced by Les Creations Publicitaires in Brussels. It is signed on the upper right “Marfurt”, measues 39” x 24” and is presented in an ebonized wood frame.
This vintage stone lithographic poster for the 1937 Paris International Exposition was created by Paul Colin (1892 - 1985) who, along with Carlu, Cassandre and Cappiello, dominated French poster design between World Wars I and II. The four color lithographic work showing the head of liberty with her hair covering the globe against a field of black, yellow, red and blue with stars and clouds is superb. The poster measures 29" x 21" framed in black lacquer and was printed by Jules Simon, Paris
This large French art deco poster from the Exposition Internationale Paris 1937 promotes a traveling light show "Le tour de France de la Lumiere" sponsored by Mazda lampes. The poster, which shows colored searchlight s emanating from a outline of France was done by the French illustrator Magd Herest and published by L’Edition Artistique, Paris. The lower portion was left blank for imprinting the date and venue for each show. The poster is 64" x 48" and is presented in a black lacquer frame which measures 68" x 52.
This rare Dutch art deco stone lithographic poster was executed in 1922 by Leo Gestel (1881 – 1941). The poster announces an exhibition to be held September 4 to 9, 1922. Done in shades of gray with touches of peach on cheek and lips of Mercury. The Secessionist style poster measures 41” x 29”.
This vintage striking French art deco stone lithograph poster for the 1931 Paris Colonial Exposition is by Joseph de la Neziere (1873 – 1944) who was famous in that period as a watercolorist specializing in oriental art. The poster is signed in the stone on the lower right “J. de la Neziere” and noted on the lower left “Imp de Vaugirard, Paris 1928”. The poster measures 47-1/4” x 31-1/2” and is in a black ebonized frame measuring 53” x 36-1/4”. It is in “A” condition.
The rarest and probably most striking of the 1925 Paris “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes” posters. Designed by Andre Girard (1901 – 1968), the poster shows a mass of humanity rising pyramid- like toward a chalice. Factories and smokestacks form a second pyramid in the background. Like the 1925 Expo Posters by Bonfils, Loupot and Bourdelle, this poster measures 23” x 13”.
This American art deco Worlds Fair stone lithographic poster by Albert Staehle (1899 – 1974) has stunning fresh deep vibrant colors and something extra, a second sheet advertising an employees’ jubilee with dancing to Tommy Dorsey. The poster measures 41” x 20” and is in an ebonized black frame.
An American art deco poster showing a birdseye view of Chicago prior to the 1933 World's Fair by Charles Turzak (1899 - 1986) and Henry Chapman. This stone lithographic poster shows the stockyards, steel mills, Lincoln & Grant parks with 18 airplanes flying around the city. The more you look, the more you see. The poster measures 22" x 36" (image) in a new black wood frame with plexiglas cover measuring 28" x 43" overall.
This American art deco stone lithographic poster for the 1939 World's Fair was designed by Robert Harmer Smith (1906 - ?) and published by The Polygraphic Company of America in New York City. The festive, appropriately patriotic design, featuring a statuesque All-American beauty, who encourages us to pass our summer vacations at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The event celebrated the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as President in New York City, while thematically heralding "The World of Tomorrow". The poster measures 30" x 20" and is in a new black lacquer frame with a Plexiglas cover, measuring 36" x 25" overall.
This American art deco stone lithographic poster for the 1939 World's Fair was designed by John Atherton (1900 - 1952) and published by Grinnell Litho Co., in New York City. The Trylon, Persisphere and Geosphere, otherwise known as Earth, all in the lap of Liberty are the elements of this striking Fair poster. The poster measures 30" x 20" and is in a new black lacquer frame with a Plexiglas cover, measuring 36" x 25" overall.
This American art deco stone lithographic poster for the 1939 World's Fair was designed by Joseph Binder (1898 - 1972) and printed by Grinnell Litho of New York. The Trylon and Persiphere, ubiquitous symbols of the Fair, glow like celestial objects against a night sky. Airplanes, searchlights, skyscrapers and an ocean liner provide other signs of modernity in this design, first-prize winner of the poster contest organized by the Fair's sponsors. The poster measures 30" x 20" and is in a new black lacquer frame with a Plexiglas cover measuring 36" x 25" overall.
A World's Fair hostess gives a wave in front of the Trylon and Perisphere, symbols of the 1939 Worldsâ Fair, while fireworks explode in the evening sky at the Fair's opening ceremonies. This beautiful poster was created by Albert Staehle (1899 - 1974). The poster measures 30" x 20".
The rarest and considered the most beautiful of the 1925 Paris Exposition posters. This vintage poster was created by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861 - 1929). Bourdelle was a highly regarded sculptor, painter and illustrator. Upon his death in 1929 Anatol France called him "The most famous Frenchman of his time". the stone lithograph captures the delicate colors of Bourdelle's composition including the elusive violet. The poster measures 23" x 15".
This is the rarely seen companion poster for the Paris 1925 Exposition by Robert Bonfils (1886 – 1971). The same image is shown except in blue & black rather than the red & black. The poster measures 24" x 16".
This poster for the Paris 1937 International Exposition was created by the French master, Jean Carlu (1900 – 1997). Carlu, who was in charge of the graphic arts pavilion at the 1937 Exposition designed this four color stone lithographic poster showing the head of Marianne, symbol of the French republic, superimposed on the flags of the participating countries. Printed by Jules Simon, Paris. The poster measures 50 1/2" x 35".
This Elegant poster for the 1937 Paris International Exposition was created by Bernard Villemot (1911-1989) and Paul Bouissoud and produced by L. Daniel of Paris and Lille. A woman in a tricolor cape symbolizing Paris holds an architectural model with Paris in the background featuring the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. The poster measures 19" x 9 3/4" and 26 3/8" x 18 1/4" overall, framed.
This rare Paris 1937 Exposition poster was created in France “By and for the French State Railways" for the American Market. The poster is dominated by the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower (with the 1937 Exhibition buildings in the background) over a map of France in yellow. Lines lead from Liberty's torch to the French ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre (ports of entry for steamships) to Paris…connected by the French Railway. Signed in the stone “Hildery 36" and printed by Publimp-Nadal in Paris. The poster measures 40" x 20" (framed).
This vintage stone lithographic poster for the Paris 1937 International Exposition was created by Eugene Beaudoin (1898 -1983) and Marcel Lods (1891 - 1978). Its co-creators were architects who were responsible for the overall design of the 1937 International Exposition. This is the only poster the pair ever produced. This stone lithographic poster in pastel shades of blue, pink and grey shows three skywriting airplanes spelling "Paris" over the city. This poster won first prize in a poster Competition held by the Minestry of Commerce for the 1937 Exposition. Printed by Jules Simon, Paris. The poster measures 39 ½" x 24 ½".
A hauntingly beautiful vintage stone lithographic French art deco poster for the Paris 1937 International Exhibition. Designed by Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942) for the “Ministere du Commerce et de L'Industrie" and printed by “Creations Des Editions Nouvelles Cappiello = Edimo 15 Rue Galvani, Paris XVII". The allegorical figures representing art and technology are gowned in blueprint blue. They stand out against multi-colored banners and streamers. Technology holds mechanical drawing tools while art passes her the sacred flame. This poster is in a black lacquer frame measuring 48" x 32".
This large (61" x 45 ½) stone lithographic poster for the 1931 Paris Colonial Exposition was created by Desmeure and printed by Robert Lang. Against the background of the exposition, with the French tricolor flying are representatives of France's far flung colonies. Brilliant colors and historical importance make this a desirable poster. We also have this poster in the 45 ½" x 30 ½" size.
This poster for the French Colonial Exposition of 1931 by Dransy Jules Isnaro (1883 - 1945) shows a smiling lady (Josephine Baker?) in a blue and green dress with yellow trim lifting a blue curtain to reveal the Exposition. Created for the Italian market and printed by the Paris firm of Vercasson, the poster measures 39" x 24 1/2".
This is a poster from the exhibition that gave art deco its name. Created by Charles Loupot (1892 – 1962) and produced by Les Editions de L'Image de France this strikingly beautiful poster symbolizes the combination of the industrial and decorative arts which was the theme of the exposition. The smoke from the factories rises to form a rose. The poster measures 23" x 15" and is in excellent condition with the gold in the smoke still present.
This poster was created by Robert Bonfils (1886 - 1971), French, for the 1925 Paris Exposition which gave Art Deco its name. Bonfils was one of the organizers of the Exhibition and showed in nine different categories. The leaping deer, the running, lightly-clad female figure and the basket of flowers are quintessential deco motifs. The image was also used as the cover of the official Exhibition Catalogue. The poster measures 23" x 15.