5 of our favourite Art Deco Posters

The Art Deco period began in the 1920’s and followed the Art Nouveau period. Art Deco was more aggressive with geometric shapes and bold type. This style captured the period where rapid industrialisation and commercial travel were becoming more and more prevalent in society. Posters became the primary way to market the extraordinary rise of manufacturing, entertainment and travel opportunities. Suddenly, huge steamers could carry people across the Atlantic, commercial planes flew to exotic places such as Cuba and railway tracks were more numerous than ever before thanks to WWI. During this Golden Age of travel, companies paid the finest illustrators to sell an image to punters and thus an enormous outpouring of posters in this bold geometric style began.

It was very hard to choose only 5 but please enjoy the small array of posters from various artists between 1920-40!

  1. The Seaside Calls: Kodak Advertisement (1930’s)
Art Deco simplicity at it’s finest. Bold font and colours.

Gert Sellheim (1901-1970), the German-Australian illustrator, made this poster for the Australian National Travel Association promoting beach holidays. This was one of many we could’ve picked but the simplicity and clarity of the poster makes this one particularly special.

2. Monaco Grand Prix 1937

Géo Ham (1900-1972), the French illustrator, became famous after his illustrations of planes and cars were published in the newspaper ‘L’illustration.’ The iconic font used for the word ‘Monaco,’ and the bright blue colours were copied in the poster adaption for the Johnie Walker ‘Genleman’s Wager,’ commerical starring Jude Law (scroll right on the picture above).

3. Empress of Britain (1920)

Art Deco colour lithograph poster by J.R.Tooby

J.R.Tooby (N/A) was commisioned to make a poster for the company Canadian Pacific to market the most luxurious ship to travel between Canada and Europe. It was the largest ship to be sunk during WW2 but the image of this majestic ship lives on through this dramatic poster.

4. Radio LL poster (1930)

Georges Favre (N/A) created bold posters which exudes speed and power. We love how dynamic the figure appears as he jumps just as the arrival of radio was a dynamic jump for the consumption of media across the world.

5. Australia’s 150th anniversary celebrations (1938)

Art Deco design by Tom Purvis

Tom Purvis (1888 – 1959) was a British painter known for his bold use of colour and vivid two dimensioanl style. Sex appeal is quite a big factor in his work and this is illustrated here with the beckoning finger, although many of his works are more sensual.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post!

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