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The Art Deco Posters: Rare and Iconic

by William Crouse

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For lovers of the art deco poster, this big, beautiful book is a five star showpiece. The selection of posters is wide and well chosen, including some iconic classics, but many I had not seen before. As is to be expected, there are more examples from France than from anywhere else, but the geographic range is wide -- an assortment of Italian posters was particularly intriguing. The commentary is instructive, and clearly very carefully researched. Most important of all, the reproductions are beautiful. This would be a great present for any fancier of posters, art deco, or the two in combination. Indeed, it would be a great present for anyone interested in design, modern art, or just plain great looking pictures. ( )
  annbury | Aug 17, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0865653089, Hardcover)

Posters of the Art Deco period, which once graced billboards and walls to advertise every variety of product, service, entertainment, or political cause, are today prized for the richness of their design and ingenuity; they offer inspiration for graphic designers and are highly collectible. Now, William Crouse, a long-time poster aficionado and collector, has selected more than 300 of the most sought-after examples of poster art created between the World Wars to include in this definitive volume. Organized thematically (aviation, communication, fashion, etc.), The Art Deco Poster presents a jaunty cavalcade of international poster design, and includes rare and unique examples by masters of the art form, including Nizzoli, Cassandre, and Beall. Each poster—superbly photographed under carefully controlled conditions—is accompanied by an informative caption that addresses the aesthetic, sociological, economic, and/or political context of the image. The book includes an introduction by well-known Art Deco specialist Alastair Duncan. Praise for The Art Deco Poster:
"A handsome new volume...slick streamlines and speed are in abundance in this great collection of work." - Creative Review
"The time period between the two World Wars was a golden age of graphic design, an era when posters were a true art form. William Crouse has compiled over 300 beautiful examples in his new book, The Art Deco Poster." -PopSugar
"A feast for the eyes, this book is a wonderful study of an important graphic design genre." -Antiques and the Arts Weekly

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"Posters by their very nature are ephemeral: crookedly plastered on a roadside billboard, tacked to the back of a tabac, they lasted a few weeks until advertisers issued another imaginative argument for soap or an ocean voyage. While few contemporary observers understood the richness of their design or appreciated the ingenuity of their unsung creators, they are now highly prized. William Crouse, long-time poster aficionado, has selected over three hundred of the most sought-after examples of poster art created between the wars to include in this definitive volume. Organized thematically into subject categories (aviation, communication, fashion, etc.), The Art Deco Poster presents a jaunty cavalcade of international poster design, and includes highly rare and even unique examples by masters of the art form, including Nizzoli, Cassandre, and Beall. Each poster--digitally photographed under carefully controlled conditions--is accompanied by an expanded caption that addresses the aesthetic, sociological, economic, and/or political context of the image. Introduced by Art Deco specialist Alastair Duncan, The Art Deco Poster is an essential addition for all interested in graphic design, Art Deco, and life and culture between 1919 and 1939"--… (more)

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