Original contemporary/vintage polish posters

(1950s-1990s) - the antique & vintage art posters of tomorrow...the art investment for the future;
from the world-famous Polish School of Posters, recognized as the best in contemporary poster art comparable to France's La Belle Epoque of the 1890s.
Polish Posters
Polish posters at MoMA exhibit on our website

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Mona Lisa 1970/72/75/78
Artist: Maciej Urbaniec (1925-2004)
a popular artist whose Mona Lisa poster was commemorated by the issuance of a Polish postage stamp in 2002.

Category: CYRK

Lulu 1980/83
Artist: Franciszek Starowieyski (1930-2009)
the first Polish poster artist to have a solo show at MoMA [1985]; his iconography often invokes baroque themes.

Category: Opera

Wozzeck 1964/1979
Artist: Jan Lenica (1928-2001)
his art often combines the surrealistic with the realistic, emphasized by dramatic and strong color contrasts.

Category: Opera

The Swindle 1957
Artist: Jan Lenica
his style can at times vary from the lyrical as in Wozzeck (above) to the more subdued of The Swindle (left).

Category: Film

NO! 1952, c1960s
Artist: Tadeusz Trepkowski (1914-1954)
one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters; honored by the establishment of an annual Trepkowski Award for the best graphic design.

Category: Political

Macbeth 1981
Artist: Andrzej Pagowski (b. 1953)
a prolific poster artist whose concept is to create a unique idea for each of his posters; presently leads his own advertising agency.

Category: Theater

Exodus 1974
Artist: Jan Sawka (b. 1946)
currently a New York resident; in his poster art he reduces complex messages to simple and expressive forms.

Category: Theater

Before the Day Breaks 1977
Artist: Jerzy Czerniawski (b.1947)
his posters are often reflective with a penchant for nonconformity in a muted lyrical style.
Category: Film

Other artists in the MoMA exhibit: posters on our website

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artist: Roman Cieslewicz (1930-1996)
residing and working in Poland and France, he became a renown poster artist in both Eastern and Western Europe.

posters pictured: 3 Basset Hounds 1966; Forefathers [the play's closing by the government incited 1968 political turmoil] 1967

artist: Wiktor Gorka (1922-2004)
his distinctive posters reflect an extraordinary sense of composition and fun with frequent use of geometric shapes.

posters pictured:
Kabaret 1973/90s; Marathon Man 1977

artist: Mieczyslaw Gorowski  (b. 1941)
currently an art professor in Krakow, he focuses on intellectual concepts in muted tonality.
posters pictured:
Jewish Community 1864-1939 c.1987; Jewish Culture 1989

artist: Jan Mlodozeniec (1929-2000)
one of the most painterly poster artist with a Rousseau-like style of flat, rich colors with large black contour lines.

posters pictured:
American Western Painting Exhibit 1974; Clown With Sling Shot 1974/1978/1979

artist: Marcin Stajewski  (b.1938)
in addition to posters, his art includes book illustrations, stage sets as well as industrial design.

posters pictured:
The Tailor 1979; Trans-Atlantic 1984

artist: Jerzy Srokowski (1910-1971)
his oeuvre extended beyond posters and included set design, cartoons for various media and illustrations.

posters pictured:
Bear Biking
1970; The Physicist 1962

artist: Henryk Tomaszewski (1910-1971)
considered by many to be the father of the Polish School of Posters, he created a unique visual language.

posters pictured:
Die Fledermaus 1970; The Marriage 1974




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Other CYRK artists: A-D, F-K, L-R, S-Z, Anonymous

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