There are some spectacular bargains in our 76th Rare Poster Auction on Sunday, Oct. 28, including works by David Klein, Tadanori Yokoo, Chéret and Grün! Dive in!
By Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov (1881-1964)
A painter, stage designer and graphic artist, Larionov studied in Moscow before moving to Paris in 1914 with his wife – and fellow artist – Natalia Gontcharova. He would become one of the major figures of the 20th-century avant-garde movement, in part because of his relationship to Sergei Diaghilev, with whom he worked with for years at the Ballets Russes. He was involved with Fauvism and founded the Rayonist movement – a name derived from the practitioners’ use of dynamic rays of contrasting color to represent lines of light reflected off various objects. Larionov’s work helped to pave the way for the Futurist movement and artists such as Filippo Marinetti and Man Ray. After moving to Paris, Larionov continued to be involved with the Russian art movements, so it’s rather fitting that he designed this poster for one of the first artists’ balls of the Union of Russian Artists, the “Travesti Transmental.” Using only yellow and black, as well as hand-cut letters, the image suggests smaller yet recognizable versions of Cubist figures and works of art. The overall flavor of the poster is definitely in sync with the Paris avant-garde of the 1920s. Rare!
By Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952)
This sultry Christy girl was created at precisely the same time as Flagg’s Uncle Sam, and both are saying “I Want You” – but with ever-so-slightly different inflections. Not only is this an interesting comparison to Christy’s “Gee!! I Wish I was a Man” (prior poster); but the sheer sexiness with which she dons the sailor’s dress uniform anticipates the Van Heusen shirt campaigns of many years later.
By Jules-Alexandre Grün (1868-1938)
Sources are scarce, but it appears that (according to the transcripts of M. Bellan and M. Adrien Veber in Procés-Verbaux), parties held on behalf of the short-lived journal La Vache Enragée (see PAI-LXXII, 371) had placed their stakeholders in quite a bit of debt. For a remedy, the stakeholders proposed a Bal du Déficit at the Moulin-Rouge, and Grün was hired for the poster – a splendid burlesque-pastiche in which the drummer-girl Marianne has one breast bared, while attendees in patched breeches look on at the left. They expected 5,000 to 6,000 francs to come from this affair. It’s unclear whether they accomplished their goal.
By Keith Haring (1958-1990)
By Ben Nason (1915- )
By Tadanori Yokoo (1936- )
PAI-LXXVI: Rare Posters Auction will be held October 28 at 11am EDT.