Plakat Polski : Contemporary Polish Posters

1st edition of this Japanese publication on Contemporary Polish Posters, published by the Bijutsu Shuppan Design Center in 1975.

Beginning in the 1950s and through the 1980s, the Polish School of Posters combined the aesthetics of painting with the succinctness and simple metaphor of the poster. It developed characteristics such as painterly gesture, linear quality, and vibrant colours, as well as a sense of individual personality, humour, and fantasy. It was in this way that the Polish poster was able to make the distinction between designer and artist less apparent. Posters of the Polish Poster School significantly influenced the international development of graphic design in poster art. Their major contribution is in their use of the power of suggestion through allusion. Using strong and vivid colours from folk art, they combine printed slogans, often hand-lettered, with popular symbols, to create a concise inventive metaphor. As a hybrid of words and images, these posters created a certain aesthetic tension that projected the art form in this period on European design. In addition to aesthetic aspects, these posters were able to reveal the artist’s emotional involvement with the subject. They did not solely exist as an objective presentation, rather they were also the artist’s interpretation and commentary on the subject and on society.

To this day, “Plakat Polski” remain as influential as ever on the world of graphic design, typography, illustration and even painting, and are widely collected and exhibited around the world.

Significant artists include Roman Cieślewicz, Wojciech Fangor, Mieczyslaw Gorowski, Tadeusz Jodlowski, Jan Lenica, Jan Mlodozeniec, Józef Mroszczak, Julian Pałka, Franciszek Starowieyski, Waldemar Świerzy, Henryk Tomaszewski, Maciej Urbaniec, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, Bronisław Zerlek, Maks Bereski-Plakiat.

Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with a vast array of the finest examples of Polish graphic art.

* Condition: Good (tight, clean copy throughout with only light creasing to covers and light wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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