Very Good. Item #6184
Text on poster: CYRK [Circus]. Date: c. 1978. Height x width: 96.5cm x 67.5cm (38” x 26.75”). Printing information: lower left corner: RSW „Prasa-Książka-Ruch” PZGraf. Łodź, Z. 2427/74, W-74/6025, 9550 egz.; lower right corner: logos of KAW and WAG. Condition: minor curling to left vertical edge, now creased flat; 4 small scrapes in color at bottom edge; elongated pinhole at right bottom corner.
One of the most renowned names in the Polish poster school, Świerzy was a graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, and eventually served as a professor in the State College of Fine Arts in Poznań. His work has received highest honors in various competitions around the globe, including Poland, the United States, France, and Finland.
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.