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Perusing the poster arts




Art Nouveau poster of a woman in a white gown driving a vintage car

Italian Art Nouveau – Mario Borgoni, 1923




The defining art of posters  


Poster art has been a mainstay for defining cultural trends and styles, especially since the beginning of the 20th century. It was quickly recognized that minimal, striking designs with succinct messages and slogans, reinforced with a symbol, had the incisive power to penetrate the mass consciousness and market. Repetitive visual application went a long way to establishing a brand and building sales. The growing industrialization nourished increasing consumerism and advertising budgets which led to greater investment in the quality of artistic design and production of posters. Advertisers became highly motivated to research the foibles and attractions towards the purchasing habits of the public and learn how to capture their imagination.



‘Circuit de Milan, Monza’, 1922  Poster by Aldo Mazza


Prior to the emergence of the electronic media, posters had become one of the premium mediums in marketing and were one of the first forms of invasive mass advertising where the audience was confronted with the message irrespective of their interest. Posters became a powerful means for reinforcing design trends and even establishing them. The most poignant visual elements of a particular genre were extracted by advertising designers and utilized for marketing.

The contemporary poster had its genesis back in the 1840s and 1850s when the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production possible. Advertisers began to market mass-produced consumer goods to a growing populace in urban areas and by the 1890s, the technique had spread throughout Europe. A number of noted French artists created poster art in this period, foremost amongst them were Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Adolphe Willette, Pierre Bonnard, Louis Anguetin, Georges de Feure and Henri-Gabriel Ibels. Alfred Mucha helped launch the Art Nouveau movement with his Sarah Bernhardt Gismonda poster, which was an overnight success. Gradually more textural and graphic elements were introduced into poster art, along with bolder colour palettes. Tight deadlines and lower budget posters, restricted to one or two colours, led to a greater emphasis being placed on design and graphics, to maximize visual impact. This led to a new wave of artistic presentation with minimalized design, which had a natural symbiosis with simplified modernist trends that were evolving at the beginning of the century.
Politics also exploited the market penetration of posters and along with flyers became an effective means for revolutionaries to be heard, which was exemplified with their use in stirring up negative sentiment against the aristocracy during the French Revolution and was also widely used by the Bolshevics with their constuctivist posters. The growth of the movie industry at this time also led to the elaborate sized posters being developed for promotions.
As a means for discovering insights into the popular trends of the last 175 years, the poster has provided a vivid encapsulation and record of the potent visuals through different eras. The spread of new art movements were greatly enhanced by the adaption of artists to express themselves through this medium.



Hughs rocket furue poster NY World Fair

1939 World Fair – Rocketman





Swiss poster by Carl Moos


Pullman Gallery




Vanity Fair Cover October 1924 Poster Print by William Bolin at the Condé Nast Collection





Italian Bugatti sports car poster, 1910




1933-le-sourire-magazine - a lady at the seaside dressed in a black and white striped outfit

‘Le Sourire’ magazine




1950-the-black-cat-poulwebb-blogspot-co Universal movie poster

The Black Cat movie poster






Vogue magazine “Jazz Age” cover – William Bolin


perpetual purveyors of style




Art Deco poster print




art-poster-le-corbusier absract art

Abstract poster 1954 – Le Corbusier



bauhaus-poster by sharkaholic on Devient Art

‘Bauhaus Nude’ – Sharkaholic

Deviant Art




Jazz and Heritage Festival 2001 Louis Armstrong

New Orleans Jazz Festival – James Michalopoulos

Art4Now – 2001




Art Deco Telefunken poster

30’s Telefunken Art Deco



Anis Del Tigre, Spain



Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl

Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl




‘Models for the costumes of a ballet’  by Anatol Petrytzky

Avant Garde, Bauhaus inspired ballet costume designs by Anatol Petrytzky circa 1920s




cardwell-higgins-art-deco poster - "A Delightful Page In The Record of My Existence."

“A Delightful Page In The Record of My Existence.” – Cardwell Higgins

Aubrey Beardsley / Harry Clarke inspired fantasy scene from c.1928

1st Dibs   Grapefruit Moon Gallery




Art Deco Chassaing-poster-1930-sarah-stocking-fine-antique-posters

Poster by Jean Chassaing, advertising ‘La Ligne Aurore’, a line of women’s shoes


Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters



cotton-club-rhyth-maniap poster

Jazz Age Cotton Club poster for revue ‘Rhyth Mania’ – 1931




 Poster Print by Eduardo Garcia Benito

Vogue Cover  October 1931 – Condé Nast Collection





“Treacherous Waters” by Victo Ngai




distillerie-italiane-1899 Art Nouveau poster

Distillerie Italiane Art Nouveau poster




edison-mazda-2-egyptian-night art print by Maxfield Parish

‘Egyptian Night’  – Maxfield Parish Egyptomania




 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral

Mexico, 1920s



Erte - Romain de Tirtoff art deco illustration

 Ertre aka Romain de Tirtoff




Erte – Romain de Tirtoff




ernesto-garcia-cabral el-chango-www-kaifineart

Mexican Illustrator  Ernesto Garcia Cabral (el-chango) for Revista De Revistas magazine





French Spa of Eugénie les Bains in the French Pyrénées – Bernard Villemot




fiat-art-deco-poster, Italy Marcello Dudovich

Italian Art Deco Lithographic poster – Marcello Dudvich




fortunato-depero-futurism-paintings Moon Dance

‘Danzatrici lunari’ (Moon Dance) – Fortunato Depero – Italian Futurism




found-on-aisledash-com Art Deco style poster 2005

2005 Art Deco style poster




Roaring Twenties by Gerda Wegener ( watercolor)





 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral





German Art Deco Spa poster



ichiro-tsuruta art deco head shot

Retro Art Deco – Ichiro Tsuruta




Illustration by Cheri Herouard For La Vie Parisienne

January 1929



dorte-clara-wolff-dodo watercolor 'Descent'

‘Descent’ – Dorte Clara Wolff (dodo)





Mexican Tourist Association poster





Illustration by George Barbier For La Vie Parisienne 1918




kim-xu art That's Shanghai

‘That’s Shanghai’ – Kim Xu



illustration-by-george-leonnec-for-la-vie-parisienne november-1922

Illustration by George Leonnec For La Vie Parisienne

November 1922



king-kong-by-la-boca Art Deco style poster art

King Kong poster – La Boca, UK



le-paquebot-france-norway antique poster

French Art deco poster





Lilian Bond –  photo by Elmer Fryer





Vogue Cover Poster Print by Pierre Mourgue at the Condé Nast Collection

  November 1933




nerma-french-cigarettes poster Egyptian Revival

Egyptian Revival ‘Nerma Cigarettes’ poster



nick-gaetano-dallas-rising - Pegasus and female water bearer

‘Dallas Rising’ – Nick Gaetano




La Meuse French beer




rene-gruau-French fashion-illustrator

French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau




Image by Eileen Mayo (1906-1994) featuring traditional artwork and symbols from the Dreamtime stories of an emu and an Indigenous Aboriginal Australian wearing corroboree head-dress




French Peugeot motorcycle poster



poster-art French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau

 Illustrator Rene Gruau



poster-bohemia africanism art deco

Africanism poster



ramon-casas-barcelona Art Nouveau poster art

Art Nouveau poster – Ramon Casas, Barcelona




‘Reine De Joie,’ (queen of joy) – French Belle Époque Period Poster by Toulouse-Lautrec


Colletti Gallery




Soviet constructivist style poster with retro robot – Zoki Cardula



cuba-travel-poster male and female Cubans dancing on a congo drum

Cubano Del Turismo poster




Jean Carlu Art Deco poster of comedienne, Pepa Bonafe, using the image of the two theater masks (comedy and tragedy) and the performer’s profile.


Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters





Art Nouveau – Alexandre Steinlen Motocycles Comiot




TWA travel poster




1964 Soviet Space Propaganda Poster: USSR Birthplace Of Cosmonautics




vanity-fair-cover-july-1927 by William Bolin

Vanity Fair cover – William Bolin





Italian Vespa poster




Havana Bistro Cuban poster

Artist Kyla Evans



issuu-art-deco- favourite-mistress-dodo-burgner

Dodo Burgner ‘Frauchens Liebling’ (Favourite Mistress)




william-bolin-april-1927 Vogue cover

Vogue cover by  William Bolin




Italian Futurist  Aviation Poster by Luigi Martinati


Colletti Gallery




Fine art giclee print of a vintage French travel poster featuring travel to Bagneres de Luchon by Jules Cheret. Celebrated for its total of forty eight thermal springs.




Paul Colin art deco Peugeot poster



Science fiction travel poster

Science Fiction Neptune travel poster




black female silhouette guerlain poster

La Petite Robe Noire Couture Perfume




Fifties travel poster classic design

Retro 50’s poster Spanish designer, Fantastic Hysteria





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Exploring light on the full moon


xiandong-fairy-cave- Neil Wade Photography

Buddha wall carving – Xiandong Fairy Cave, Keelung

Neil Wade Photography, 2011


While updating my front page with a link to a recent post on the ‘Art of the Buddha, an image really caught my attention when I was searching for a feature image. This was a picture of a green Kuan Yin wall carving, which then triggered the memory of a similar dream which had recently occurred on the New Moon on the 3rd of November, which had made a distinct impression on me. I recollected this dream had a more lucid appearance than the usual nebulous vista. I had descended carved steps at some coastal location into a subterranean chamber and waded waist high into a golden, turquoise water which was semi luminous. While admiring the vibrancy of the water, I looked to the side and was startled to see a beautiful wall carving that looked like some sort of Buddha figure relief art, my sense being that it was of Kuan Yin. This heightened the sensation that I was already feeling of being in a blessed environment. After I had been invigorated from the charged surroundings, I woke up. This dream had a resonance that lasted for days.


Quan Yin wall relief carving

Wall relief Quan Yin – Keelung Temple cave, Taiwan


My curiosity was aroused by this recollection, so I dropped this image into Google Image search to look at it source and see what I could find about its location. It turned out to be the Fairy Caves in Taiwan, which were also subterranean and had also been a water channel. Another image of a Buddha at this location (see above) also caught my attention which I searched for and was intrigued to see many other fascinating images that held my captivation, particularly because of the appearance of a diffused light, which seemed to be sublimely balanced. I loaded one of the images into Photoshop and noticed its light Levels layer was a smooth concave curve, not a formation that you usually see for most images.


On further inspection, most of the other images approximated this concave light curve too. It reminded me of a section of a large spherical object, which I thought was intriguing because this occurred during the time of the auspicious perigee Full Moon on Nov. 14th, 2016. Like the moon, the concave shape is regarded as being feminine yin in nature. I was impressed by the synchronicity and the ability of the algorithm to detect this nuance. Themes that appeared to me from the images were: moving from darkness to light, unfolding of a new direction symbolized by pathways and motion of water, solitary quests and enchantment from nature, especially large caves, all bathed in subtle light. It turned out to be an inspired manifestation of images all presented in the one place. Being able to source all the images from the one location made the curation easy.





Fingerlings by Brian Matiash on 500px



mikhail-alisov painting of a sailing yatch

Mikhail Alisov





Lucerne, Switzerland





Aba Yohannis monastery –Seeker at 74 years old  “I came from my village, from the countryside to learn. I didn’t go home. I preferred to stay here. I’ve been here for 43 years.”

Photography – Joey L, NY



Cavern landscape-in-guangxi China

Magic Dalongdong (Guangxi Shanglin), China





Antelope Canyon, Arizona Watkins Glen State Park, New York





‘Apple of Discord’ – Arianna Coleccarelli

Aphrodite model Olga Miranova




Heli Luaksonen (click to expand)




birgitta-sjostedt-flickr full moon over a lake

Moon over bridge – Photo by Birgitta Sjostedt – flickr




bengal-tiger-in-jungle - Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

 A documentary following a team searching for tigers in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.




“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015



bruges-bruges-along-with-a-few-other-canal-based-northern-by David Gilson-flickr

Bruges, Belgium – David Gilson-flickr




Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA



castel-gandolfo gardens

Castel Gandolfo gardens, Italy




Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains, Sydney




The Champion Catalpa tree which has a 23.5 feet circumference





‘Fall’ – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales





Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Developed by Antaognist




dog in forestScotland Outdoors-twitter

Scotland Outdoors-twitter



fairy-cave-stalactite-walls quang-binh-province

Fairy cave stalactite walls…Quang Binh province, China




dustin-schwartzmeyer photo of a ravine

Autumn Sunrise , Ilthaca – Dustin Schwartzmeyer photography




girl-sitting-in-rockpool -emma-gorge-el-questro-wilderness-park

Emma Gorge El Questro wilderness park

Western Australia




fotografia nocturna1

Fotografia Nocturna1, Ortigueira. Matadero. Porto deportivo. Jesús Manuel Giz Novo





large cave - photo by john-spies-on-500px

Subterranean cave. John Spies, 500px




 A flower seller paddles past a small shop on Dal Lake’s quiet waters in Kashmir

photo – Steve Curry




Litlanesfoss waterfalls are surrounded by basalt columns located in Upphéraðsvegur, Iceland.





Lourdes – james65, flickr




man-standing-on-bridge in huge cavern

‘Hang Son Doong’ – Nha Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam.

Recently Discovered World’s Largest Cave, 9km in length, Son Doong, Vietnam. The size of the cave can be gauged by the size of the man standing on the bridge




Moon man in Forest




Hindu Temple deep in Borneo caves – Trey Ratcliff





Nok Nang Ann cave, Thailand



Rosie-Anne-Prosser-photography Wales

‘Onwards under Stormy Skies’  – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales




The Nature Conservancy – photo Kevin Arnold




Quang Binh cave, Vietnam



ryan-deboodt-on-500px Hang Son Doong in Vietnam

Spiral path at Hang Son Doong in Vietnam in the world’s largest cave

photo Ryan Deboodt, 500px




Serene Morskie Oko, Poland

Photograph by Sara Delić



Chinese Shanglin-caves-Nanning

Shanglin caves – Nanning




Stourhead autumn photo – Toby Melville



synthgamer photo of two angel statues

Angel statues – Synthgamer



tianmen-shan-cable-car-is-one-of-the-longest-cable rides

Tianmen Shan’s very long cable car

Zhangjiajie, a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m



toketee-falls-oregon Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US

Toketee Falls – @chelseakaua, Instagram

Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US




Buky Canyon is a canyon near the Buky village, on the Hirs’kyi Tikych river in the Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine. It is approximately 5 km long, 20 m deep and anywhere 40m wide. Wikipedia





Vive la huasteca – Conexión México




wajahat-mahmood Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

 Phang Nga Bay, Thailand – Wajahat Mahmood – flickr




‘Egrets Nesting’ – American Museum of Natural History





‘Water Stone’ – Andrew Bi – Flickr





Stone Creek, Coniston, England

Bardsea Photography




Jinlongshan – Golden Dragon Mountain, Taiwan

Photo Mrs Lee




girl-in a blue gown by Bella Kotak


Photo –  Bella Kotak





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Steven Forbes deSoule – Raku with lush hues


red ballard-vista-vessel - steven-forbes

Ballard Vista – Steven Forbes-deSoule




‘Blue Salmon Space Rock’ globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule



Exotic raku master


Gazing at the free form patterns and natural colours of a raku pottery finish is like looking at the colourful atmosphere of a mysterious world. Steven Forbes deSoule raku pieces are no exception and present exotic vistas that invite wonderful intrigue. He introduces more green and blue hues, in addition to the typical earthy reds and orange raku colours, in the reduction process to enhance the colour diversity. He uses the raku standard of a steel rubbish bin for a reduction chamber, which I always view as a fantastic irony, relative to the glorious outcomes from raku firing.
Steven Forbes deSoule has been a successful raku pottery artist for over 37 years, creating unique, hand made vessels and sculptures, while finding endless ways to manipulate the oxygen, gases and glazes during the raku reduction technique, to achieve a myriad of attractive outcomes. His intricate firing process and use of his own glazes and underglazes, with multiple firings, leads to ‘one of a kind pieces’ displaying beautiful enriched colours and textures. “The one constant with my work throughout the years has been transformation. I find it fun and challenging to try new things, and I especially enjoy developing new glazes. I started firing exclusively using the raku process in 1982 and found the element of serendipity and surprise to be invigorating.”



Steven Forbes ovoid raku vessel

Steven Forbes-deSoule

After resigning from his corporate position in 1975 and returning to study at the Georgia State University, on a whim he took a pottery class, which blossomed into a Masters of Visual Art and Ceramics.
He set up a home studio at Atlanta in the 80‘s and has been creating pots and sculptures ever since. In 1992, Steven and his wife Lynn, built a new home and studio outside of Weaverville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The entire ground floor of their home is a studio. “ I am truly blessed to awaken every morning surrounded by Natures’ beauty and feeling excited about going to work! (downstairs)


Steven Forbes-deSoule Website




Globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule



apple-raku-vessel-Steven Forbes-deSoule

Steven Forbes-deSoule




Removing the raku pottery from the hot kiln



creurblue-dolphin-cremation-urn by Steven Forbes-deSoule

Cre Ur blue dolphin cremation urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Raku Urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule




chasm-series-ikebana-h10inches Steven Forbes-deSoule

Crimson ikebana vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Earth & Sky — Raku Pottery by Steven Forbes-deSoule




Steven Forbes-deSoule




grande pear12_wx

‘Grande Pear’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

Height 24 inches



nebulae-from-hubble-steven-forbes raku ceramic panel

‘Nebulae from Hubble’ -Steven Forbes-deSoule





Winged Vessel  Steven Forbes-deSoule




Steven Forbes-deSoule



raku-ceramics-by-steven-forbes-desoule Ikebana vessel

Log Ikebana 2 With Cup Kenzan (Frog)




raku-ceramics-by-steven-forbes-desoule Wavy bowl with torn rim

‘Wavy bowl with torn rim’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule




Raku globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Space Rock Monolith’ – Steven Forbes



winged-vessel-2 Steven Forbes-deSoule

‘Winged Vessel 2’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Space Rock Globe 2’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule




 Steven Forbes-deSoule-squat-globe ceramic-vessel in salmon pink and sky blue

Salmon pink raku globe –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




steven-forbes raku platter

Raku platter –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




Green space-rock-with-ripples - Steven Forbes-deSoule

‘Space rock with ripples’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




forbes-desoule-cosmos ceramic urn globular

‘Cosmos’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Landscape Platter’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Raku lamp base – Steven Forbes-deSoule




steven-forbes-desoule-long neck globular vessel

Jade globular vessel with narrow neck -Steven Forbes-deSoule




Tiled raku wall art and globe vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule




steven-forbes-desoule_raku vessel wild-hope-art-gallery

Steven Forbes-deSoule





Tiled raku wall art – Steven Forbes-deSoule



steven-forbes-de-soule lidded ceramic vessel

Lidded raku vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule



teabowl- Steven Forbes-deSoule

Tea Bowl  – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Mountain sunset raku – Steven Forbes-deSoule






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