Lot 43: DESIGNER UNKNOWN. SOVIET ARMENIA. Circa 1935. 35x24 inches, 89x63 cm.
November 8, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
DESIGNER UNKNOWN SOVIET ARMENIA. Circa 1935.
35 1/4x24 3/4 inches, 89 1/2x63 cm.
Condition B+: slight discoloration and minor restoration along upper left margin.
Intourist rightfully understood that the prevailing European artistic trend of Art Deco design would be more appealing to potential tourists than Social Realism. "The image of Soviet Armenia communicated here is a glamorous and varied one. The train and the car in the foreground boast the advanced modern machinery of the period and the high railway bridge is an example of Soviet engineering skills. The beauty of the country's natural landscape is shown in the background. The poster creates an image of glamorous tourism, and is similar to travel posters produced in western Europe at the time" (Victoria & Albert Museum, vam.ac.uk). English version.