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Sale 2510 Lot 6
BRUNO PAUL (1874-1968) KUNST IM HANDWERK. 1901.
35x23 1/4 inches, 89x59 cm. Schön & Maison, Munich.
Condition B / B+: restoration along repaired tears in margins and image and along vertical and horizontal folds; small replaced losses at edges; small ink stamp in upper left corner. Matted and framed.
Berlin-born Bruno Paul moved to Munich in 1894, where he became one of the leaders of the Secession, a member of "Die Elf Scharfrichter," and from as early as 1896, a regular contributor of drawings to Simplicissimus. In addition to working as a graphic designer, he was also an architect and decorator. In 1897, he became founder of the United Studios for Arts and Crafts, a position from which he was chosen to design this poster. Like most German exhibition posters, this image is symbolic and allegorical, but Paul takes a superb modern approach. The two elegant birds are formed from flat colors against a monochromatic background, and within a similarly-colored frame, amounting to one of the most brilliant examples of German Jugendstil poster design. The poster serves as a classic example of the artist's reaction to the realist / academic treatment and vision of other contemporary graphic designers. DFP-III 2514, Weill 162, Schindler p. 100, Wember 649, Rademacher p. 82, Hohlwein / Stuttgart p. 19.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000