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Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
HANNS WAGULA (1894-1964)
DUBROVNIK / THE GEM OF THE JUGOSLAV ADRIATIC. Circa 1932.
38x25 inches, 96 1/2x63 1/2 cm. Z.T. Narodnih Novina, Zagreb. Condition B: extensive overpainting in margins and image and around text; repaired tears, creases and restoration in margins and image and along vertical fold.
"Hanns Wagula gave up painting as a profession about 1924 and devoted himself exclusively to advertising art and to the poster in particular . . . Today [he is] not only the best known poster artist in the Ostmark, he is also the most notable exponent of that pure and classic German poster style which finds characteristic expression in simplicity, clarity and monumentality of form and which alone does justice to the nature of the work in hand" (Gebrauchsgraphik 1941, vol 11, p. 7 & 16). "His brilliantly composed landscape-placards are evidence of a carefully considered command of space that becomes almost a law in itself, as also of a special preference for strong, unbroken, yet always delicately intershading colors, whose delightful power of brightness rejoices the beholder's eye without ever offending his harmonious color-sensitivity (ibid, 1936 vol 4, p. 3). Here, utilizing geometric forms and flat colors, but no outlining, he depicts the Old Port of Dubrovnik seen across Kolorina Bay. This is the English version. Commercial Art and Industry, Aug. 1, 1933, p. 63.