Very Good. Item #6182
Text on poster: Kobieta Plakacie 1905 w 1980 [Woman and Posters 1905-1980] // Kolekcja Floriana Zielińskiego [Florian Zielińskiego Collection] // Opole // Teatr Kochanowskiego. Date: 1980. Height x width: 96cm x 66.5cm (37.75” x 26.25”). Printing information: lower left corner: RSW „P-K-R” ZP Wr. 8470/80 5000 B1. Condition: No visual flaws.
Starowieyski, among the most celebrated of Polish poster artists, worked as a graphic artist, painter, illustrator and stage designer. He studied at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts before enrolling in the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, from which he received his degree in 1955. His work was awarded highest honors in global competitions throughout the 1970s in São Paulo, Cannes, Paris, Hollywood, Chicago, and Warsaw.
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.