Very Good. Item #6166
Text on poster: CYRK [Circus]. Height x width: 67cm x 95.5cm. Printing information: lower right corner corner: logos of KAW and WAG// Druk PZG RSW „Prasa-Książka-Ruch” Ktw. zam. 4057-H-025-8.000+350. Condition: No visual flaws.
Bocianowski, not only a graphic artist but also a caricaturist and cartoonist, studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His work appeared widely in periodicals. He would eventually teach in the Warsaw Academy, and also serve as head of graphic design for RSW „Prasa-Książka-Ruch”/Robotnicza Spółdzielnia Wydawnicza "Prasa-Książka-Ruch" [Workers' Publishing Cooperative “Press-Book-Movement”].
What is now seen as the height of Poland’s poster creativity was a paradoxical by-product of the height of Communist Party control over public messaging related to the arts and cultural endeavors from the mid-1940s to almost the end of the century. What had been, before the war, and dating back as early as the mid-19th century, florid and often text-heavy formats, where fonts and textual layout bore a predominant or equal burden with imagery in conveying information, yielded in the five decades after World War II to the primacy of the image on its own. Visuals became mischievous, allegorical, satiric, and parabolic, and so fantastically creative that they could make innumerable apolitical or counterpolitical appeals while eluding the specific controls of verbal censorship.