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Lot 3: BRUNO PAUL (1874-1968) KUNST IM HANDWERK. 1901.
Modernist PostersPlatinum House
May 10, 2004
New York, NY, USA
34 3/4x23 1/2 inches. Vereinigte Druckereien und Kunstanstalten, Munich.
Condition B: restored losses and restoration in margins; repaired tears and creases in image.
Born in Berlin, Bruno Paul moved to Munich where he became one of the leaders of the Secession, a member of the 11 Scharfrichter and, from as early as 1896, a regular contributor of drawings to Simplicissimus. In addition to being a graphic designer he also worked as an architect and a decorator and, in 1897, was the 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, formed from flat colors against a monochromatic background and within a similarly colored frame are one of the most brilliant examples of German Jugendstil poster design-a classic example of the artist's reaction to the realist / academic treatment and vision of other contemporary graphic designers. DFP III 2514, Weill no. 162, p. 97, Schindler no. 8, p. 100.